Adams, Ansel

Signed postcard reproduction of Yosemite’s “Half Dome, Merced River, Winter”

Price: $150.00

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(1902-1984) American photographer & environmentalist, best known for black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. He primarily used large-format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images. His photographs are reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books, making his work widely distributed. Adams first visited Yosemite in 1916. His father gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie box camera, during that stay and he took his first photographs. At 17, Adams joined the Sierra Club, a group dedicated to preserving the natural world's wonders and resources. His first photographs were published in 1921 and Best's Studio began selling his Yosemite prints in 1922. In 1927, Adams produced his 1st portfolio, “Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras”, in his new style, which included his famous image Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. In 1930 Taos Pueblo, Adams's 1st book, was published and he was introduced to notables from Stieglitz's circle, inc. painters Georgia O'Keeffe & John Marin, and photographer Paul Strand. One of Strand's suggestions that Adams immediately adopted was to use glossy paper rather than matte to intensify tonal values. Adams put on his 1st solo museum exhibition at the Smithsonian in 1931, featuring 60 prints taken in the High Sierra. In 1932, Adams had a group show at the de Young Museum with Imogen Cunningham & Edward Weston and they soon formed Group f/64, which espoused "pure or straight photography" over pictorialism (f/64 being a very small aperture setting that gives great depth of field). In 1933 Adams opened his own art and photography gallery in San Francisco, began to publish essays in photography magazines, and wrote his 1st instructional book “Making a Photograph” in 1935. He created a 1938 limited-edition book, “Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail”, as part of the Sierra Club's efforts to secure the designation of Sequoia and Kings Canyon as national parks; Congress so designated the area in 1940. He had a successful 1936 solo show at the Stieglitz gallery "An American Place" in NYC. During the balance of the 1930s, Adams took on many commercial assignments with clients inc. Kodak, Fortune magazine, Pacific Gas & Electric, AT&T, and the American Trust Company. In 1939, he was named an editor of “U.S. Camera”, the most popular photography magazine of the time. In 1940, he put together “A Pageant of Photography”, the most important and largest photography show in the West to date. On a 1941 trip in New Mexico, Adams shot a scene of the Moon rising above a modest village with snow-covered mountains in the background, under a dominating black sky. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, is one of his most famous works. Initial publication of Moonrise was in “U.S. Camera” 1943 annual, which gave Moonrise an audience before its 1st formal 1944 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Over some 40 years, Adams re-interpreted the image using the latest darkroom equipment at his disposal, making over 1,300 unique prints, most in 16x20 format. In Sept. 1941, Adams made photographs of National Parks, Indian reservations, and other locations for mural-sized prints to decorate the Department of Interior's new building. He received 3 Guggenheim fellowships during his career, 1st in 1946, to photograph every National Park. This series produced memorable images of "Old Faithful”, Grand Teton, and Mount McKinley. In 1945, he formed the 1st fine art photography department at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA). He was a 1952 founder of the magazine “Aperture”, a serious journal of photography showcasing its best practitioners and newest innovations. He continued with commercial assignments and became a consultant to Polaroid Corporation. He made thousands of photographs with Polaroid products, El Capitan, Winter, Sunrise (1968) the one he considered his most memorable. In his final 20 years, the Hasselblad was his camera of choice, with Moon and Half Dome (1960) his favorite photo made with that brand of camera. In 1974, he had a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also devoted his considerable writing skills and prestige to environmentalism. President Carter commissioned Adams to make the 1st official portrait of a president made by a photograph. He was elected in 1966 a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1980 Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Adams's photograph The Tetons and the Snake River is one of 115 images aboard the Voyager spacecraft. He received a Doctor of Arts from Harvard & Yale, elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1966, awarded the Conservation Service Award by the Interior Dept. in 1968, a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, the Sierra Club John Muir Award in 1963, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2007. The Minarets Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest and a 11,760’ peak therein were renamed the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Mount Ansel Adams respectively in 1985. The Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography was established in 1971, and the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation was established in 1980 by The Wilderness Society. 4 ¼ x 6 black & white postcard reproduction of Adams’ “Half Dome, Merced River, Winter /Yosemite National Park, California” signed by Adams on the verso, as was his custom.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Postcard Reproduction






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