Plaza del Yerba, Cartagena.
Albumen silver print
Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co.
3 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.
Mount: 3 15/16 x 7 in.
blindstamp l.l. corner of right image: E A
machine printed: DARIEN EXPEDITION. \ Commodore SELFRIDGE, COMMANDING \ Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. \ 591 Broadway, N.Y. \ \ 17.-Plaza del Yerba, Cartagena.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
In the late 1800s, photography became an evermore present aspect of Americans’ lives through affordable formats including cartes de visite and cabinet cards. Particularly popular were stereographs, which utilize two slightly different, side-by-side images to produce a single three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope.
In 1870 Moran made early photographs of South America when he photographed Cartagena, Colombia. The important port city was a hub for the activity of a U.S. naval survey led by Colonel Thomas Oliver Selfridge that was looking for a canal route through Panama joining the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, an endeavor Moran joined the next year. His images of colonial architecture, including these of the city’s central plaza (today called Plaza de los Coches) and the region’s dense rainforests circulated throughout the U.S. as stereographs, joining thousands of images of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East that Americans could view from the comfort of their own homes.
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023).
From Survey to Canal: Photographs of the Isthmus of PanamaNovember 20, 2010–May 1, 2011
This exhibition explores the most immense engineering project of the 20th century through photographs that offer glimpses into the extraordinary scale and human expense of the Panama Canal, which transformed the trade route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.