Grand Canyon of the Colorado River

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Grand Canyon of the Colorado River


William Henry Jackson (American, 1843 - 1942)






Albumen silver print


53.3 x 43.3 cm (21 x 17 1/16 in.)

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After years of struggling to capture the grandeur of the Western landscape, William Henry Jackson made this sublime view of the Grand Canyon. Dwarfed by the enormous rocky outcropping below, above, and behind him, a man--probably a surveyor--looks through a telescope to the other side of the canyon. Clearly conveying the awe-inspiring scale of the Western landscape by contrasting human and natural scale, this image belongs to a tradition of landscape and expedition photography meant to elicit a strong emotional response.

The Art of Photography: 1839 - 1989 (February 11 to December 23, 1989)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 11 to April 30, 1989
  • National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), June 1 to August 1, 1989
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), September 23 to December 23, 1989
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance (February 7 to May 28, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 7 to May 28, 2006
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the West (March 24 to June 8, 2009) (4)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), March 24 to June 8, 2009