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.
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
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.
Eadweard J. Muybridge
Michael Matthew Woodlee
Frank Jay Haynes
Mark C. 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
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.
Alvin Langdon Coburn
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