View of Asheville from Town Mountain or Beaucatcher Mountain. Old Battery Park Hotel in upper right.
A painter and photographer, Jackson is probably best remembered for his photographic views of the Yellowstone River region of northwestern Wyoming, made on expedition with the Geological Survey of 1871 led by geologist Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden. Jackson’s images of the area’s abundant scenic wonders were a major factor in compelling Congress to establish Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872. In 1897 he joined the Detroit Photographic Company, which had the exclusive US rights to a Swiss process known as Photochrom, a type of color lithography that enabled the printing of color images by transferring black-and-white negatives. While president of the Detroit Photographic Company, Jackson traveled to Western North Carolina, where he captured this scene of burgeoning industrialization and growth from the tourist industry in turn-of-the-century Asheville.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Graham Boettcher, PhD
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