Wailua Falls, Kauai. 19.5 x 32.1 inches.Taber Photo, San Francisco, circa 1880. Albumen photo.
Isaiah West Taber (1830 – 1912) was an American daguerreotypist, ambrotypist, and photographer , as well as a sketch artist and dentist. In 1880, Taber made a six-week photographic trip to the Hawaiian Islands where, among other subjects, he photographed the Hawaiian King Kalākaua.
Albumen hand-printing, invented in 1850, was the most popular form of photographic printing from the 1860s to 1890s. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper, and silver nitrate to produce images by exposure to light.