Carleton Watkins, Alcatraz from North Point, 1862-63
Adam Katseff and George Philip LeBourdais, Alcatraz from North Point, 2014
Of all the Watkins photographs we restaged, we experienced the greatest change in the landscape in the view of Alcatraz Island from North Point. Although you can see the shape of Angel Island in both pictures, the profile of Alcatraz is markedly different. In order to see the island and its famous prison building clearly, we had to place the camera at the end of Pier 39, which opened only in 1978, half a mile further into the bay than the historic North Point where Watkins took his picture.