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Attractive mammoth plate Edweard Muybridge photograph of Yosemite Valley, showing the Merced River in the foreground and looking east into the Valley, with Half Dome prominently featured at the top right.

Muybridge first photographed Yosemite Valley in the spring of 1867, spending six months in the Valley on his first trip. His photographs were published in local newspapers and used to illustrate Yosemite: its Wonders and its Beauties. In 1868, the full set of 260 photographs was offered for sale as a serial set.

In 1872, Muybridge made a second six month trip to Yosemite, which resulted in a series of large and small plate photographs which was award an International Gold Medal for Landscape at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition.

Eadweard Muybridge Biography