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Ansel Adams, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, c. 1950. Gelatin silver print, image size is 9 9/16 x 7 1/4 inches (24.3 x 18.4 cm); mount size is 16 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches (41.6 x 34 cm). Initialed and stamped.

Yosemite Special Edition Photographs were printed by the assistants of Ansel Adams under his supervision. As was typical for an artist of the day, Ansel signed the prints through 1972, and initialed them for another two years. He ended the practice so as to avoid confusion with his fine original photographs which he himself printed.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a master of photographic landscapes. During his career he won three Guggenheim grants to photograph national parks. In 1932, Adams and Edward Weston founded a group of San Francisco photographers known as Group f/64. Adams also served on the board of the Sierra Club from 1934 to 1971.

Adams' technical mastery was the stuff of legend. More than any creative photographer, before or since, he reveled in the theory and practice of the medium. Weston and Strand frequently consulted him for technical advice. Adams developed the famous and highly complex "zone system" of controlling and relating exposure and development, enabling photographers to creatively visualize an image and produce a photograph that matched and expressed that visualization.

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  • Ansel Adams Gallery, California, to private collector in 1972
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.56 x 7.25 in. (24.28 x 18.42 cm.)

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