R.J. Waters Company

Raper James Waters was born in Virginia City, NV and became a photographer early in life, working out of Gold Hill, NV until he moved to San Francisco. The backdrop to his childhood were years of rapid and at times incredible progress, both in regard to the development of his home state, as well as in regard to industrialization and technology. Waters began his career photographing landscapes in Northern California and Nevada. In 1892, he opened his own commercial studio in San Francisco, from which he sold many of his iconic images.

Waters specialized in urban landscapes and was a pioneer in architectural photography. He won huge renown already during his life time and his photographs are held in world-class institutions such as the Library of Congress, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the libraries of the Universities of California and Nevada.

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