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All glass plate photographs by Harold A. Taylor. Digital images copyright © 2022 by Pinyon Publishing. No reproduction without permission.

Vintage Yosemite

Vintage Yosemite (2022): Glass Plate Photographs of Early 20th-Century Yosemite. (6"x9" paperback, 162 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-89-2, $35.00).

“Being young I used to walk all the trails and carry my photographic outfit

which in those days was no small item, 8 x 10 camera, tripod, and glass plates,

but I thought nothing of it and often would outwalk the mules.”

—Harold A. Taylor

In the winter of 1902-3, Harold Taylor and Eugene Hallett formed the Studio of the Three Arrows in Yosemite Valley, accompanied by four other photographic studios:

In the first decade of the 20th century, Yosemite was still quite primitive but growing fast.

Miwok Indian Camp

Taylor and Hallett sold the Studio of the Three Arrows to Arthur C. Pillsbury in 1907.


Taylor quotations from a 1949 letter from Harold Taylor to Yosemite administrator, Ralph Anderson.

Studio of the Three Arrows

Named for Taylor’s family crest and the Yosemite Miwok Indians

Studio of the Three Arrows, Yosemite Valley, ca. 1902-1907