How do you tell the story of an artist whose archive was destroyed? Tyler Green’s new book focuses on a major figure in the early history of photography.
There were two prominent types of landscape photographs in the 1860s: Civil War battlefields strewn with the dead, and sweeping vistas of the West.
Back in the 1860s, the capital of the United States was glimpsing two visions of its country: one of brutality, and one of beauty. The latter was captured by Carleton Watkins in his photographs of an untouched wilderness in the West.
In a weeklong series, critic and journalist Tyler Green is exploring the attribution of some of Eadweard Muybridge’s images and the possibility that they were in fact from other photographers, such as Muybridge’s friend and rival Carleton Watkins.