"A monumental achievement in the pictorial historiography of 19th-century America, loaded with new images and data, this will be an indispensable resource for students of photography and U.S. history."—Library Journal
"Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs is among the most important books ever devoted to the history of photography."—Jed Perl, The New Republic
"The rare piece of scholarship that takes a known figure and substantially alters our understanding of him. The result . . . is a revelation: A strong argument that Watkins is more than a familiar photographer, he was the first great all-American artist."—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes
“An invaluable resource for anyone interested in U.S. photographic or landscape history.”—Monteral Gazette
“A staunchly great book.”—The Stranger
Winner of the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award
About the Author
Weston Naef is curator emeritus in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Christine Hult-Lewis is an independent scholar, based in San Francisco.