Carleton Watkins was one of the first American photographers to capture the beauty of the national parks. Carleton Watkins was born in New York in the year 1829. He was the oldest of eight children.
One of the artist’s favorite locations to shoot was Yosemite Valley.
Watkins became a photographer by circumstance. A nationally known photographer named Robert Vance had a studio close to a store where Watkins worked as a clerk. After an employee of Vance’s quit, Watkins was chosen as his replacement.
The artist married at age fifty. He went on to have two children. He opened a gallery, but lost it to creditors after bankruptcy.
Watkins lost his sight in the 1890’s. Later in his life his daugher would commit him to the Napa State Hospital for the Insane.
The artist also is given credit for the first person to shoot the famous Sequoia trees with a large camera.
Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $350,000.
In this clip we view some pieces concentrating on the landscape:
Carleton Watkins passed away in 1916. He was 86 years of age.
Watkins is proof that great photographers who specialized in the landscape existed before Ansel Adams!