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Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition Photograph For Sale
Ansel Adams launched the Yosemite Special Edition series in 1958. Today, Alan Ross makes each Special Edition Photograph by hand from Adams ' original negative on gelatin silver fiber paper. Ross, a master printer and fine art photographer in his own right, began working side-by-side with Adams as his photographic assistant in 1974; he's been the exclusive printer of this series since 1975. Each of the prints in this limited series bears an identifying stamp.
This beautiful black and white photograph is hand made from
Ansel Adams' original negative, and available exclusively from the family-owned
Ansel Adams Gallery. This is as close to an Ansel Adams original photograph as
most people can purchase, and it is spectacular.
Image Date: 1947
Print Type: Gelatin Silver
Print Size: approx. 10"x8", matted size
Ansel Adams made this image around 1947 with an 8" x
10" view camera after a long walk to the site and waiting many hours for
the rainbow to appear in the foreground. Waiting around? Examples is much more
colorful than waiting around.
Despite the lengthy time to consider his set up, Adams
didn't capture it exactly as he wanted, as he writes in Examples: The Making of
40 Photographs :
"I missed on one small detail which ruffled; the
right-hand tree of the two little cedars near the center of the image meets a
branch from a nearby tree. I should have lowered the camera at least a foot to
avoid this merger."
While composing the image, Adams struggled to keep the
camera dry in the mist. He recalled that "the sound and fury of the
waterfall, the clean air, and driving mist were unforgettable."
Later in answer to critics questioning the artistic merit of
the photograph, he responded:
"Some urban aesthetes claim this photograph is just a
bit of scenery and is certainly not art. May they and their opinions rest in
peace! I think it is a choice bit of Chaos organized into some kind of
expressive Order. I do not desire to impose a definition of creativity on
"Nevada Fall, Rainbow" appeared in "Portfolio
III, Yosemite Valley ", published by the Sierra Club in 1960. It also
appears in the Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Yosemite and the Range of Light (out
of print), Yosemite and the High Sierra, Yosemite, Ansel Adams Monograph (out
of print), Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs and Classic Images, the book
based on the Museum Set Collection, a retrospective portfolio of what Adams
considered his strongest work.
This item has been shown times.
Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition Photograph: $259