Capturing the New Frontier: The first years of Alaskan Photography (1866-1891)
Photographs from the Alaska State Historical Collection, Alaska State Museum, Alaska State Archives and the Richard A. Wood collection. Curated by Ron Klein and James Simard Alaska’s Territorial history is vividly displayed in rare photographs shown for the first time in many years. The exhibition examines the first 25 years of Alaskan photography with a selection of original gold toned albumen photographs and modern large scale enlargements. Included in the show are images taken in St. Michaels in 1866, and a very rare daguerreotype of William Henry Seward, the man responsible for the purchase of Alaska from Russia. In addition to the very first photograph known to be taken in Alaska there are unique stereo views and cameras on view.