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Posted on 06/13/2012 12:22:33 AM PDT by brityank
How the Wild West REALLY looked: Gorgeous sepia-tinted pictures show the landscape as it was charted for the very first timeBy Rob Cooper
PUBLISHED: 09:11 EST, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:39 EST, 25 May 2012
These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before - as it was charted for the first time.
The photos, by Timothy O'Sullivan, are the first ever taken of the rocky and barren landscape.
At the time federal government officials were travelling across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the rest of the west as they sought to uncover the land's untapped natural resources.
Breathtaking landscape: A view across the Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho in 1874 as it was caught on camera by photographer Timothy O'Sullivan during Lt. George M. Wheeler's survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian that lasted from 1871 to 1874. Approximately 45 feet higher than the Niagara falls of the U.S and Canada, the Shoshone Falls are sometimes called the 'Niagara of the West'. Before mass migration ...
Portrait: Native American (Paiute) men, women and children pose for a picture near a tree. The picture is thought to have been taken in Cottonwood Springs (Washoe County), Nevada, in 1875. Known for his dispassionate views towards native Americans on his travels, O'Sullivan was more interested in photographing the true lifestyles of the indigenous people and not a preconceived image ...
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Not often we see collages like this about the US - thought you might be interested. Cheers. :^)
Thanks for posting !
Canyon de Chelly is stunning.
Truly amazing ... thank you for posting.
Thanks, that killed like a half hour.
Really nice! Thanks!
Some of these pictures are in locations that I could drive to in much less than an hour: the Washoe Paiute at Cottonwood Springs (pic 18), Pyramid Lake (second pic from the top), Carson Sink dunes (pic 12), Gold Hill (Virginia City, pic 13), and the good old Truckee River which flows right through town. One or two of those pics were taken in places where I am precisely certain where the camera was set up.
Those pics i listed above are basically my backyard, but I will say that the original photographer seemed to miss taking pictures of some of the more splendid vistas in the local area. I guess that he left that for Ansel Adams to photograph some 80 years later.
See my FR profile page to see what this area looks like today in color photography.
My mother actually lives there right now, inside the Hopi reservation as part of the larger surrounding Navajo reservation.
I’m struck by the resolution of the camera.
We’re headed to Idaho next week.
Shoshone Falls here we come!
We’re headed to Idaho next week.
Shoshone Falls here we come!
If these photos were taken by Mr. Sullivan over 120 years ago, how are they still protected by HIS copyright?
He himself expired long ago.
At least Getty isn’t claiming ownership. Yet...
How wonderful. For me, it’s one of those moments in time as I scrabbled to the lookout and then saw the canyon for the first time.
I’m almost afraid to ask, to break the spell, what does she say about actually living there?
You won't regret it. They are gorgeous.
Your mother lives in Tuba City?
Maybe - but they do have some of his works in their museum. Suspect the Mail added the copywrite notation to keep themselves on the 'right' side of the pernicious US laws!
Found this one at another site, Masters of Photography. He did a lot of work on the Civil War:
A Harvest of Death,
Thanks for that. It’s amazing just how the wind and rain have eroded those buttes in that manner. Tim also captured some of Green River City at the top of his shot, with what looks like buildings along a rail spur in its foreground.
Does she know Elizabeth Warren?
I just talked to her last night and now she's up in the mountains waiting for fall when it cools down. Too hot to spend the summertime in the little copper mining town where her actual home is.
She does interesting work, that's for sure. She's certainly 100% full-blooded Arizona lady.
That sounds just right. She gets to enjoy it without losing any of the magic. Now when I remember Canyon de Chelly, I’ll think of your mom teaching children there. Nice.
They were usually 8x10 plates that were carried by mules, and processed on site. Most of the prints would have been contacts, so there is no resolution issues at all—it is a 1:1 print.
I went to many of these places a couple years ago. Just walking around in these places without a huge camera and hundreds of pounds of equipment made me envy their stamina.
The whole time I was out in the southwest, I kept wondering hoe the hell the pioneers made it out there.
Some of the greatest land I’ve ever seen.
Smart woman. Up in the mountains is where I should be.
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Thanks brityank. Modern, but I think this should be pinged.
A seldom recognized photographer of the Civil War. Many of the images attributed to Matthew Brady were actually Mr. O’Sullivans. Brady was mostly a ‘studio’ photographer. He rarely ventured into the field
Since it's spring the Bureau of Reclamation or whoever controls flow from upstream reservoirs is probably still releasing water into the river. I've visited the "falls" when they were almost bone dry, but I think that's usually later in the summer when reservoir water is being conserved.
A lot of those photos were of places I have been and love to this day. When I first saw them, however, the developers hadn’t ruined the beauty with “progress.”
Thanks for posting this!
A lot of the land is still “empty” but it is beautiful. Thank you for visiting “my” part of the country!
To your pictures at your profile....I say “WOW!”.
Also, would you please add me to your ping list?
Thank you also for your service to our country!
I agree, that on a world stage this is 'modern'. Still, I get a giggle out of the concept that 'antique' here in the States is anything over 75-100 years old. Thanks.
Thanks for the updated shots of the area. I did a little traveling around Vegas and Phoenix, back in the 80’s, and loved the scenery and breathtaking vista’s.
I looked up “Shoshone Falls” on wikipedia and there is a modern photo of it along with O’Sullivan’s sepia-toned photo. Even in sepia tone, the photo of Shoshone Falls is spectacular, as are the others, including the ones of the Indians.
Thanks for posting...and for the ping.
We were amazed by how many of those places we’ve been, including, or especially, the out of the way ones.
Great pics.Thnx for posting.A very different era.Rugged terrain and harsh conditions.I imagine life/survival could be very challenging.Later,Tom
Wow...amazing and beautiful pictures. I’ve lived in the West almost my whole life, spending a lot of time out of doors. I’ve often wondered what this area would have been like 100+ years ago. Thanks for posting!
But it doesn’t take a genius to recognize Timothy needs to go shopping with a woman. He doesn’t know his own size in coats.
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