Carleton Eugene Watkins was a noted 19th century landscape photographer of the American west. He rose to prominence in the 1860's with his early mammoth plate photographs of the Californian mining industry, and of the Yosemite Valley and its environs. Later he went on to create photographic series based in an around California an Oregon.
Below is the series of mammoth plate photographs that he produced of the Yosemite Valley in the 1860's. The photographic series he produced, when viewed together, give a glimpse of the grandeur of Americas first national park.
The North Dome, Yosemite Valley,1865, by Carleton E Watkins.
Stream and trees with Half Dome in the background, Yosemite Valley, California, 1865 by Carleton E Watkins.
View across the Yosemite Valley, California, 1865, by Carleton E Watkins.
Cathedral Rock, Yosemite Valley, California, 1865, by Carleton E Watkins.
Photographic Credits: All the photographs used in this series are courtesy of The Library Of congress, Washington D.C