The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

c. 1924

William E. Dassonville

(American, 1879-1957)

Gelatin silver print on Dassonville "Charcoal Black" paper

Image: 20.3 x 25.6 cm (8 x 10 1/16 in.); Paper: 25.4 x 32.1 cm (10 x 12 5/8 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.106



For almost 50 years, Dassonville concentrated his personal work on photographing the landscape primarily in and around San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada mountains. This rare image is from a group of pictures taken in Arizona at the Grand Canyon—a favorite site for photographers since it was first documented in the early 1870s. Although still working within the Pictorial aesthetic, Dassonville's interest in a more modern approach to composition is revealed by his emphasis on abstract form, space, and perspective. His charcoal black paper was well suited to conveying this brilliantly illuminated natural wonder.


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