Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
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Felling Cedar Tree Thirty Miles East of Seattle, 76 feet in Circumference, 18 in From Ground
Darius Kinsey (American, 1869 - 1945)
Washington, United States (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
34.6 × 27 cm (13 5/8 × 10 5/8 in.)
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.