A Full Team on the Sierras: Images From 1866

Is a photo everything it seems and what does it say about why and how it was taken? This image from publishers Lawrence and Houseworth shows a full team on the Sierras, but what is it telling us?

Lawrence and Houseworth were established in San Francisco in 1859, using their optical shop as a base for selling stereographs. The Victorians were besotted with stereo imagery and there was a veritable trade in creating 3D views, something for which the camera was a perfect match in producing. Not surprisingly then, it didn’t take long for dedicated cameras to be manufactured so that photographers simply had to expose a single image. This coincided with westward expansion across North America and, particularly, the gold rush and establishment of California in 1849 and 1850. This drove a…


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