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Felling a Cedar Tree, 30 Miles East of Seattle, 76 Feet in Circumference
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Darius Reynold Kinsey
American, 1906
Gelatin silver print
13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.
84.XM.490.18

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Kinsey was a professional photographer who earned his living documenting the woodcutters who conquered the forests of the American West, one tree at a time. The magnitude of their task is visible in this image of a cedar, where the chopping axes look like matchsticks in relation to the girth of the trunk. Lamentably, the now vanished forests attest to the fortitude and tenacity of these pioneers.