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William WATSON

United States of America

attributed to

  • working United States of America 1890s

[b] Miners of Colo c.1890 Place made: California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: photographs, albums, gelatin silver photographs mounted four to a page Support: leather binding and each cardboard page is held together with a cotton ribbon which is worn through

Primary Insc: Inscribed below each photograph in black ink, 'Del Monte'
Dimensions: photograph (each) 11.6 h x 9.4 w cm image oval 8.5 h x 8.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.1306.7A.2

This travel album with its distinctive round Kodak prints is by amateur photographer, William Watson from Almeda, California. The advent of the dry-plate in the 1880s did away with the need to carry chemicals into the field. The marketing of the Kodak camera with the ‘You press the button we do the rest’ processing service in 1888 opened photography up to the general public. Watson took his Kodak on his trip around the Western states.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra