Jan 12, 2007

Hell's Half Acre, Prismatic Springs

Hell's Half Acre, Prismatic Springs

c. late 1880s

Frank Jay Haynes

(American, 1853–1921)

Albumen print from glass negative

Image: 44.7 x 54.5 cm (17 5/8 x 21 7/16 in.); Paper: 45 x 55.1 cm (17 11/16 x 21 11/16 in.); Matted: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)

Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund 1992.242



Frank Jay Haynes was a photographer of life in the American West and the early days of Yellowstone National Park. Arriving in Yellowstone in the 1880s, he accompanied expeditions into the park, serving as official photographer. From canyon bottoms to mountain peaks, Haynes took his cameras to locations where he could capture unique and artistic views. In this photograph, he documented the immense space of the landscape, made particularly apparent by the inclusion of a small figure standing on the cliff at the right.

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