Claude loved to photograph isolated communities and wildlife, but he was equally
fascinated by the workings of heavy machinery and the technology of his age. Near Dawson
City he turned his lenses on hydraulic mining operations and on the giant dredges that
worked the Klondike Valley.
“The Prospector. July 1938”
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Not all mining was done by dredges, and there were still
prospectors working the creeks using more traditional methods. Claude made a conscious
effort to document the prospectors and the processes they went through to extract gold from
the creek beds.
Jim “Spot Cash” Breaden and three other men
standing by Breaden's caterpillar tractor with a sleigh hitched to it in Mayo. March
Yukon Archives: #7350
In and near Mayo, he also spent many more hours recording men going about their working
days, on ships, with heavy equipment or just using their own muscle power and ingenuity
to gather ice for water and wood for heat.