Great Falls of the Yellowstone

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Frank Jay Haynes
American (1853–1921)
Great Falls of the Yellowstone, 1884
Albumen print

Frank Jay Haynes was the 19th century's most important photographer of Yellowstone, creating a sizable body of images that shaped the public consciousness of that remote western landscape.  Haynes first visited Yellowstone in 1881 and two years later was appointed "Official Photographer for the Yellowstone Park Improvement Company, also Superintendent of the Art Department, with Headquarters at the Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming."  In 1884, he purchased a 20- x 24-inch camera to make "extra-large" photographs that could be displayed aboard passenger ships on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Chrysler’s Great Falls of Yellowstone is one of these images.