Before Ansel Adams, Carleton Watkins captured the majesty of Yosemite
The striated details of a giant sequoia’s bark, the unforgettable rock formations, the drama of water cascading over a cliff — these wonders of the Yosemite valley were captured by an ambitious young photographer named Carleton Watkins.
His photographs made their way to Washington and helped jumpstart the movement to protect and preserve public land. But he was almost entirely forgotten by history, until recently.
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