Walcott and panoramic photography

Walcott began experimenting with panoramic photography in 1905. This was cutting edge technology at the time, as the Cirkut Camera had been patented only in 1904 and manufactured by Kodak in 1905. By the time of his last field expedition in 1925, he had created more than 650 photographic panoramas of the Canadian Rockies. His images offer both the scenic grandeur of the Rockies and the documentary evidence of a geologist at work.

In an article from the National Geographic magazine (see below), it was said of Walcott’s work in the Rockies:

“NO ONE would be more surprised and delighted with Mr. Walcott’s beautiful panoramic view, which is published as a Supplement to this number, than the American scientist whose discoveries gave a practical value to Daguerre’s invention of photography (…) Mr. Walcott’s panorama is the most marvelous mountain view that has ever been published, and is remarkable not only for its exceeding beauty, but also because of the many lessons in geography learned from studying it.” (National Geographic magazine, June 1911).

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