United States of America
[b] Miners of Colo
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
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