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Pictures: Steamer Princess 1858 1859 by Jay Dearborn Edwards. Salt paper print. This incredible collection of vintage images, some hardly seen before, offer a time capsule into the ever-changing American landscape during the nineteenth century.

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Pictures: St Louis Levee 1852 by Thomas M Easterly. Daguerreotype.
Some of the sepia-hued works were the earliest taken in the nation in their medium, showcasing how landscape photography captured a growing nation – from natural wonders to industrialization, the Civil War and burgeoning tourist trade.

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Pictured: Wisconsin Dells, c. 1885 Henry Hamilton Bennet. Albumen print.
Included in the collection are landmarks such as Niagara Falls and the White Mountains, as well steam ships, canals, factory operations and railroad tracks.

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Pictured:Inclined Plane G, C 1863-1865 by Thomas H Johnson. Albumen Print.
In building this collection, Diane Waggoner, the exhibition's curator, brought in photography formats such as stereographs, daguerreotypes, albumen prints and cyanotypes. Diane said: "I felt that this was a chapter of American history and the history of photography that had yet to be written.

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Pictured: Morris Canal from greens brudge lehigh Valley Rail Road, c. 1895 by William H Rau. Albumen print.
"Many photographers included in the exhibition were either almost entirely overlooked or only known regionally: they had never received national recognition. I wanted to explore the work of these photographers and how they fit into the history of landscape photography and of America during the period."

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Pictured: Drowned Lands of the Lower Raquette, Adirondacks, c 1888 by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Albumen print.
Through the collection of images, the gallery hopes the exhibit will display themes such as the impact of the Civil War and industrialization, as well as photography as a tool for the environmental preservation movement.

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Pictured: Drowned Lands of the Lower Raquette, Adirondacks, C. 1888 by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Albumen print.
The exhibit will run through July 16 in Washington before moving on to New Orleans later in the year. Diane said: "The theme that runs throughout the exhibition is the balance and sometimes tension between nature versus culture, wilderness versus industrialization.

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Pictured: Morris Canal from greens brudge lehigh Valley Rail Road, c. 1895 by William H Rau. Albumen print.
"Photography played an important part in forming the identity of the nation. "At the same time, you can also see an aesthetic evolution over time."