Felling Cedar Tree Thirty Miles East of Seattle, 76 feet in Circumference, 18 in From Ground

Object Details

Title:

Felling Cedar Tree Thirty Miles East of Seattle, 76 feet in Circumference, 18 in From Ground

Artist/Maker(s):

Darius Kinsey (American, 1869 - 1945)

Culture:

American

Date:

1906

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

34.6 x 27 cm (13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Copyright:

Status undetermined

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Kinsey was a professional photographer who earned his living documenting the woodcutters who conquered the forests of the American West, one tree at a time. The magnitude of their task is visible in this image of a cedar, where the chopping axes look like matchsticks in relation to the girth of the trunk. Lamentably, the now vanished forests attest to the fortitude and tenacity of these pioneers.

Exhibitions
In Focus: The Tree (February 8 to July 3, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 8 to July 3, 2011