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The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present the 19th century mammoth plate landscape photographs of two of the medium's seminal figures, Eadweard Muybridge and Carleton Watkins. "California Views " runs concurrently with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's centennial celebration of the work of Ansel Adams, "Ansel Adams at 100." With the Robert Koch Gallery and the museum located just two blocks apart, the concurrent exhibitions will offer those interested in California landscape photography a rare opportunity to see the work of the 19th century American masters, as well as the lineage of the genre as it was revisited by one of the most prominent 20th century inheritors.

What began as documentary work done under the auspices of governmental surveys and railway expeditions, American landscape photography quickly evolved into an artistic expression all its own. Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, best know for his work with motion studies, were the progenitors of the genre that surveyed the beauty of the landscape and captured the manifest destiny of expansionism that entered the American West in the middle of the 19th century. "California Views" is the Robert Koch Gallery's third exhibition of the work of Carleton Watkins, but the first that will exhibit his mammoth plates. The show presents a rare collection of albumen prints, some of which have never been exhibited before, that were produced from Watkins's and Muybridge's wet-collodion negatives. The collection showcases images of both the wilderness frontiers of Yosemite and the High Sierras, as well as California's early civic developments in San Francisco and the surrounding areas.

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