George Shiras was an 19th-century American conservationist and the father of nightime wildlife photography. Wetplate exposures with trip-wire magnesium explosions as flash were the technologies of choice at the time, and add to the interest in Shiras’ scenes, giving them a sense of sound and motion. His images captured an eerie, unaltered wilderness that was seldom seen in a time of romanticism in artwork regarding nature. All of his photographic plates are now part of the National Geographic archive.
*All images from National Geographic Magazine