Category: Illustrator

Thomas Hill – Artist (1829-1908)

Thomas Hill’s Studio still stands at Wawona at, what is now called, The Big Trees Lodge. It is a monument to an extraordinary artist renowned in is own time and to the present.


Remembering the Old Yosemite Village

I took a friend through the valley and Wawona for her first visit since 1956. A lot of changes have occurred in the last 60 years.


George Fiske – Photographer (1835-1918)

George Fiske was an early photographer of Yosemite and the first one to live full time at Yosemite Valley. Like so many photographers of that era, not many of his images survive to this day; just a few prints and stereoscopic cards. Twentieth century photographer Ansel Adams held him in high regard.


Ansel Adams – Photographer (1902-1984)

Of all the people to photograph Yosemite, one name stands out as the quintessential Yosemite photographer; Ansel Adams.


Thomas Ayers – Illustrator (1816-1855)

Thomas Ayers was the first illustrator to depict Yosemite. In 1855 he was in a party of five lead by James Hutchings to tour and, through Hutchings California Magazine, promote the park.


Albert Bierstadt – Artist (1830-1902)

Albert Bierstadt paintings from the mid to late 19th century of Yosemite are the most recognized of all the artists of this medium. He was born January 1830 and passed away in 1902. His many paintings of Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy Valleys are just a small fraction of his body of work which are estimated to be between 400 and 500, but some say many thousands, of paintings.


Carleton Watkins – Photographer (1829-1916)

One of the first to photograph Yosemite was Carleton Watkins. His photos were used to illustrate the valley and convince the Lincoln Administration to sign the Yosemite Grant.