Thursday, September 11, 2008

Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) - Request for examples

Carleton E. Watkins
#4504 Santa Monica Landing
[Watkin's New Series]

Jefferson Stereoptics
Courtesy of John Saddy (Auction, Tues. August 29th & Thurs. August 31st, 2006, # 06-3, Lot 27)


Norman Kulkin of Select Vernacular just sent me an email that is an excellent idea and I'd like to see what we can do as a community of fellow enthusiasts.

The Getty Center in Los Angeles is about to have an exhibition Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California (October 14, 2008–March 1, 2009) and the press release says:

"Dialogue among Giants presents the photographs of Carleton Watkins (American, 1829-1916) in the context of the birth and evolution of photography in California. The exhibition considers the social, political, economic, and artistic developments in California between the time of statehood in 1850 and the mid-1880s. It includes approximately 150 works, from daguerreotypes by unknown makers to mammoth-plate photographs by Watkins and his contemporaries."

A Catalog Raisonne of his approximately 1,300 plus mammoth plates is being prepared by Weston Naef for a forthcoming book.

What you can do to assist

I'd like to hear from collectors, dealers and galleries with examples of the photographs of Carleton Watkins that we can include in an online exhibition on Luminous--Lint to coincide with the exhibition at the Getty Center. All ideas, links and scans gratefully received - Alan -

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