Painting and Nature Preservation: Yosemite and Landscape Photography


Landscape photography played a similar role in the preservation of Yosemite.

There was a major improvement in the technical quality of photography in 1860. In 1867, landscape photographs of C. E. Watkins were awarded a bronze medal at the Paris International Exposition.

These photographs provided Yosemite with an international reputation.

C. E. Watkins, Yosemite Valley from the "Best General View," No. 2, c. 1866, American Geological Society, New York