Charles Leander Weed
September 19, 2011, 8:04 pm
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Yosemite Valley from Mariposa Trail, Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Leander Weed, an American photographer from upstate NY, was best known for being the first person to document what is now Yosemite National Park in photographs. In the summer of 1859 he traveled to Yosemite with James Hutchings, an entrepreneur and early promoter of Yosemite Valley. On this trip Weed captured the first images of Yosemite, which were exhibited in San Franciso and published in a book called Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California.

Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California, 1865. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Charles Leander Weed went on to travel and photograph Hong Kong, Hawaii, and the Far East. He did however return to Yosemite again to take photos with a friend and fellow photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge, who went on to develop a technique to use cameras to capture a moving image.

Eadweard Muybridge, photographed by Charles Leander Weed. 1872 in the Grant Mariposa Grove at Yosemite.

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