The popular exhibition Yellowstone Discovered: William Henry Jackson’s Lost Prints Reveal the Park for America is once again on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. First installed on March 21, 2016, these rare images of Yellowstone depict a park that has changed little—or a great deal—depending on the viewer’s perspective.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is pleased to announce that its exhibition, Yellowstone Discovered: William Henry Jackson’s Lost Prints Reveal the Park for America is once again on display. as its own celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016. It features a selection of rare Albertype photographs of Yellowstone in the days before it became a national park. Photographer William Henry Jackson captured the area’s spectacular landscapes and geologic wonders while traveling with the 1871 geological survey of the area led by Ferdinand V. Hayden.
Enter one Edward Bierstadt, brother of noted western artist Albert Bierstadt, who created superb Albertypes (named for J. Albert of Munich in 1868) in his New York studio using Jackson’s original negatives. A publishing project in several volumes was in the works when, disastrously, an 1875 fire at the Bierstadt studio destroyed the Jackson/Bierstadt Albertypes, along with Jackson’s glass plate negatives and contact prints.
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