A remarkable collection, seventy-five photographs of Ansel Adams' work, hand-picked by himself--a last statement portfolio to represent his life's work. Range from his beloved Yosemite to the Pacific Coast, Southwest, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, and the Northwest.
COLLECTOR’S 1986 out-of-print vintage stated true first hardcover edition, first printing book with original dust jacket – Classic Images by Ansel Adams. Introduction by John Szarkowski. Biographical essay by James Alinder.
Publisher: Little Brown and Company, Boston, New York Graphic Society Books. Copyright, 1986 First Hardcover Edition. Mint Pages. Not book club. Not ex-library. Not Bullfinch printing. ISBN: 0821216295.
TRUE first edition will state:” First Hardcover Edition. This book was originally published in 1985 in slightly different form as the paperback catalogue for the National Gallery of Art exhibition.”
These classic breathtaking photographs were selected by the late Ansel Adams himself to be permanently representative of his work. Included are familiar scenic compositions like Moonrise, Hernandez and Half Dome, Yosemite, but there are also portraiture including Adams' self portrait and close-ups of patterns in nature.
James Alinder, director of Friends of Photography, chronicles Adams's life and describes his particular development in which perception of subtle tonalities came to define the photographer's vision. He tells also of great technical achievements (such as the "zone system" for exposure and printing) and this master photographer's related sensibilities as a classical musician and ardent nature conservationist.
Museum of Modern Art curator John Szarkowski appraises the impact Adams had on America's appreciation of itself. He speaks to the American people’s extraordinary love for Adams and his heroic work, reflecting that “Adams’ photographs seem to demonstrate that our world is what we would wish it was – a place with room in it for fresh beginnings.”
Each of the 76 duotone photographs contained is a unique masterpiece with a life of its own. Looking at these splendid photographs, one feels drawn right in to the specific location and year. Photos do not fully capture exact hues, lighting and exquisite detail; wait until you see them up close. Below is a partial listing of photographs which include some of our favorites:
Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958; Moon with Half Dome, Yosemite, 1960; Monlith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, 1927; Winnowing Grain, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1928; Rock and Grass, Moraine Lake, Sequoia National Park, 1982; Georgia O'Keefe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1937; Mormon Temple, Manti, Utah, 1948; Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941; White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1942; Monument Valley, 1958; Cypress and Fog, Pebble Beach, California, 1967; Sand Dunes, Oceano, California, 1950; "The Golden Gate Before the Bridge" 1932; "Barn, Cape Cod, Massachusetts" (ca. 1937) and "Clearing Storm, Sonoma County Hills, California" 1951.
Hardcover, dj photo, black cloth boards, silver stamped spine titles, 111 pages, 8” x 10”, MINT quality glossy cardstock pages. Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean/no writing or tears/minimal shelfwear if any. Cover near fine/bright/clean/very minimal shelfwear. DJ very good+overall/bright/clean/some shelfwear includes some scuffing-rubbing-light chipping-corners rubbed-lightly chipped.
Do not pass up this rare first printing of Ansel Adams finest work, a must have for all collector’s; will make a FABULOUS gift!!