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Early California Sierra photograph ANDREW ALEXANDER FORBES 1862-1921

Early California Sierra photograph ANDREW ALEXANDER FORBES 1862-1921

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A very early black and white photo of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of eastern California, signed in the plate at lower right "A. A. Forbes Photo". This is a work of the noted early photographer of the region, ANDREW ALEXANDER FORBES (1862-1921). Forbes was born in Wisconsin, showing early interest in photography. By 1885 he was in Oklahoma, taking photos of the early territorial days there. Continuing ever west with his equipment, he was in Southern California by 1890. By 1902 he had established a studio in Bishop, in the Owens Valley. Between then and 1916 he photographed the landscape, Native Americans, cowboys, mines, livestock, and other subject matter of the remote region. This photo has been affixed to a gray paper board. The negative seems to have deteriorated BEFORE the actual printing of the photo (light exposure at right, debris in the sky, whatever is going on at upper right). The photo itself, 7 1/2" by 9 1/2" (the card 9 3/4" by 11 3/4") is in good condition.