Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite

Object Details

Title:

Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite

Artist/Maker(s):

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Yosemite, California, United States (Place created)

Date:

1861

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

40.6 x 51.3 cm (16 x 20 3/16 in.)

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While the monumental facade of El Capitan looms in the background, a thin decaying trunk in the foreground demands the viewer's attention. In nature, where changes can occur in seconds or centuries, Carleton Watkins found the perfect subjects to convey a theme of transience versus permanence. The same decaying tree appears in this image and its pendant, River View–Down the Valley, which was taken in the same location with the camera directed about thirty degrees to the east.

Exhibitions
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best (February 15 to June 4, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 15 to June 4, 2000
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J. and James N. Wood. Era of Exploration: The Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West, 1860-1885, with an essay by Therese Thau Heyman (Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Boston: distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1975) pl. 2.