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CEW cover head onTyler Green is the author of Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, which will be published by University of California Press this fall. It is my first book.

While Watkins won’t be in stores until October 26, you may pre-order it now via AmazonUC Press, Bookfinder or from your local independent bookstore (via IndieBound).

Please use the menus above to discover other books in which my work has appeared, information on author appearances related to Watkins, images of art discussed in Watkins, and more.

To learn why I wrote Watkins, check out this essay on Medium!

Praise for Watkins

“[F]ascinating and indispensable… The lack of a Watkins biography was a gaping hole in our historical understanding of American art… Passages that analyze Watkins’ extraordinary compositions are among the book’s most revealing. ” — Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times.

“Wise and lucidly written.” — Deborah Solomon, author of “Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell,” and “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.”

“The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroyed much of the history of the West, but Tyler Green pierces that curtain of smoke in this innovative biography, recreating the life of photographer Carleton Watkins. Watkins emerges as a pivotal artist, a key player in the preservation of what is now Yosemite National Park, and a creator of the American environmental imagination.” — T.J. Stiles, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.”

“Green’s achievement here is monumental. This book takes the familiar narrative of the formation of the American West and brings an entirely new perspective to it, beautifully positioning Watkins’s work within the history of California, and indeed the nation.” — Corey Keller, Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“Green’s writing is lively and witty, peppered with dry humor and twenty-first-century colloquialisms, which make this nineteenth-century story feel vivid and fresh.” — Christine Hult-Lewis, coauthor of “Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs.”

“[T]he story of how Watkins came to photograph landscapes in California, Oregon, and Utah is both fascinating and prophetic… It is a book to be appreciated both textually and visually.” — Barry Silverstein, Foreword.