Celebrating America’s natural legacy.
America’s national parks have been around for so long that we almost take them for granted. Abraham Lincoln was still president when California’s Yosemite Valley was first set aside as public land, in 1864, more than 150 years ago. And Yellowstone became the country’s first designated national park on March 1, 1872.
On August 25, 1916, the National Park Service was formed to safeguard the parks and their heritage. And to celebrate the service’s upcoming centennial, the George Eastman Museum, a Rochester, N.Y., institution that specializes in photography and cinema, will be running an exhibition called Photography and America’s National Parks. The show starts on June 4 and runs until October 2. The exhibit will give visitors a chance to see just how much has changed (and how little) in our relationship to the country’s natural wonders.
The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust Noon clouds, Glacier Park, Montana, 1942. Gelatin silver print, printed 1950.
George Eastman Museum, purchase with funds from the Charina Foundation. Roger MinickWoman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, 1980. From the series Sightseers. Chromogenic development print, printed 2001 under the supervision of the photographer.
John K. Hillers
George Eastman Museum, gift of Harvard UniversityNan-Kun-To-Wip Valley, Arizona, 1872. Albumen silver print.
William Henry Jackson
Purchase with funds from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and donors to the PhotoFinish 5K. Rephotographic Survey ProjectHot Springs and the Castle Geyser. (Yellowstone National Park Collection.), 1872. From the series Rephotographic Survey Project. Gelatin silver print, printed 1980s.
George Eastman Museum, gift of Cole Weston. © 2016 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artists Rights Society (ARS)Death Valley, 1947. Dye imbibition print, printed ca. 1981.
George Eastman Museum, gift of Murray Beckerman and Abraham Altus. Amon Carter Museum of American Art,Running water, Roaring Fork Road, Gt. Smoky Mts., October 10, 1967. Silver dye bleach print.
Eadweard J. Muybridge
George Eastman Museum, museum accession by exchange.Mirror Lake and Reflections, ca. 1872. Albumen silver print.
Michael Matthew Woodlee
Michael Matthew WoodleeChris, Campground Ranger, Tuolumne Meadows Campground, 2014. From the series Yos-E-Mite. Inkjet print.
George Eastman Museum, gift of Peter J. Cohen.Sequoia National Forest, ca. 1915. Gelatin silver print.
John PfahlNorth Rim Highway, Grand Canyon, Arizona, June 1980. From the series “Picture Windows”. Chromogenic development print, printed 1987.
Frank Jay Haynes
George Eastman MuseumSponge Geyser, ca. 1883. From the series Yellowstone Park Scenery. Albumen silver print.
Willie OstermanTram at Tunnel View, 1990/91. From the series Yosemite Photographic Survey. Inkjet print.
Mark C. Klett and Byron Wolfe
Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe
Woman on head and photographer with camera; unknown dancer and Alvin Langdon Coburn at Grand View Point, 2009. Inkjet print, printed 2011.
Carleton E. Watkins
George Eastman Museum, gift of Alden Scott Boyer.Yo-wi-ye or Nevada Falls, 1861. Albumen silver print.
Audley D. Stewart
George Eastman Museum, gift of University of Rochester.George Eastman and companions riding through Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park, Pacific Coast Trip, 1930. gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of University of Rochester.
Millee TibbsMountains + Valleys: Arches, Diptych, 2013. Inkjet print.
Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alvin Langdon CoburnThe Three Brothers, Yosemite, 1911. Gum bichromate over platinum print.
Marcia ResnickUntitled #10, 1974. Gelatin silver print.
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