|el Capitan, Yosemite Park, California, 1861,
|Watkins' camera, definitely not for amateurs.
|Watkins' custom camera--no wonder
he needed a railroad car.
At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, you can see his art. You can even peer into his victorian motion picture viewer and see why someone decided television (even without 3-D effects) would be a marked improvement.
Watkins' studio and most of his fragile glass plates were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Despondent, Watkins (then 78) is seen being led from his studio in advance of the fire. A few years later he was commited to an insane asylum where he died penniless in 1916.