This exhibit tied in nicely with my research on the history of documentary photography and the work of Timothy H Sullivan and W H Jackson. Watkins achievement of producing mammoth prints ((52x40cm in some cases) from glass negatives using the wet colloidon process is remarkable. His work is said to have inspired that of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and been instrumental in influencing the US Congress in the creation of the Yosemite Valley National Park. The Nederland’s Fotomuseum owns the largest collection (24) of Watkins prints, in Europe. They are very detailed and well resolved. Two examples are shown below.
Half Dome, Yosemite