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Watkins” is a 530-page biography of the artist and photographer Carleton Watkins by Tyler Green. It will be published by University of California Press in the fall of 2018.

Starting in the late 1850s, when California’s allegiance to Union was tenuous, Watkins and his work were central to the building of bonds between the West and the East. Over the course of the 30-year career during which he was the artist who most influenced America, Watkins joined the remote, mining-satellite West with the dominant East, with its art, its science, its business, its finance, and its public policy. During the decades when America, including Westerners, were interested in Western lands for their extractive potential and not much else, Watkins’s work repeatedly, insistently urged America to see not just ore and timber, but new species of trees, a new topography, the nation’s first glacier, the role glaciers played in forming Yosemite, the West’s agricultural potential, and more. Watkins substantially invented an idea that we now take for granted, that the West wasn’t just land, but that its landscapes were awesome enough to care about.

“Watkins” also features the first new history of the preservation of Yosemite and thus of the national park idea since Hans Huth’s landmark 1948 “The Story of an Idea.”