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Watkins used a specially constructed camera to expose 18 x 22 inch glass plates. He created over 1200 mammoth plate photographs during his career. Watkins photographs of Yosemite were very influentual in creation of the park.
Watkins was widely recognized for his photographs during this time, receiving a medal from the Paris International Exposition in 1867.
This group of photographs are known as Watkins Old Series and are some of the earliest photographs of California and Oregon.
After the loss of his earlier negatives to a creditor during a financial crisis, Carleton Watkins started photographing anew in the mid-1870s.
Watkins' "New Series" stereographs begin with series number 3001.