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Carleton Watkins and the Photographs that saved Yosemite, 1861

In 1861 – only 10 years after it had been ‘discovered’ – Carleton E Watkins wandered the Yosemite valley, with camera equipment that weighed close to a tonne strapped to his team of mules, and snapped the awesome images that inspired Abraham Lincoln to secure the world’s first national park. Here is a selection of those images by one of the world’s earliest environmentalists.

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