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Artist Name:

William Henry Jackson

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1843 – 1942

Title:

Alpine Pass, Colorado

Date:

ca. 1880

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

20 3/4 x 16 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of Mrs. Everett McDonnell

Accession Number:

76.105

Currently Not on View
Born in Keeseville, New York, Jackson was an ambitious entrepreneur who had a profound influence on the development of commercial landscape photography. Both a photographer and painter, he was commissioned to photograph the Rocky Mountain countryside for Francis V. Hayden’s Geological and Geographic Survey of the Territories in 1870. This project lasted eight summers, and allowed Jackson to photograph extensively throughout the American West. After establishing his Denver studio in 1880, he was offered commissions by Western railroad companies to record the great vistas and natural wonders along routes through the Rockies. Supplied with his own gear-toting locomotive by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Jackson effectively juxtaposed the drama of the rugged Western landscape with the human ingenuity and technological progress represented by the railroad lines.



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