Malakoff Diggings, North Bloomfield, California

Carleton Watkins1871

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In this highly detailed overview, Carleton Watkins looked down upon a hydraulic mining operation and recorded the early intrusion of industry upon the landscape. A layered, dense forest surrounds the mine, which recedes into the background, subordinated to the stripped and littered foreground. A diagonal pipe, ferrying precious resources to an unseen destination, bisects the bleak clearing. A lone building in the upper left center peeks out from a crevice, giving a sense of scale. Watkins's lens, encompassing a vast depth of field, sharply drew each stone and pebble in the mine, each striation of rock.

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  • Title: Malakoff Diggings, North Bloomfield, California
  • Date Created: 1871
  • Location: Not on display
  • Physical Dimensions: w52.4 x h40.2 cm
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=62083
  • Medium: Albumen silver
  • photographer: Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Forests, Mining Operations


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