Monolith, The Face of Half Dome
Monolith, Face of Half Dome by Ansel Adams
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This beautiful Modern Replica is made using the very latest digital technologies to produce the finest reproduction.
  • Image Date: 1927
  • Print Type: Modern Replica
  • Nominal Image Size: 8"x10" to 30"x38" (Note: Sizes are approximate and vary slightly from print to print)
  • Image Preparation Time: Please allow 2 to 3 business days for assembly, plus shipping
  • Technical information on Ansel Adams Modern Replicas included
Price: $129.00


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About Monolith, the Face of Half Dome (from Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs)

At the age of 14, Adams first recorded the Yosemite monolith known as Half Dome, with his Kodak Box Brownie. Eleven years later he made this image with a view camera and a glass plate negative.

On an April morning in 1927, Adams undertook a difficult four-thousand-foot climb through heavy snow to the granite outcropping known as the Diving Board, where he set up his 6 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch view camera, inserted a glass plate, and waited for the light to fall directly on the sheer granite cliff. He made one exposure with a yellow filter. Then it occurred to him that if he used a dark red filter, both sky and cliff would register darker in the finished print than in the actual scene. He changed to the red filter, with this dramatic result. He described this episode as his first “visualization” — his attempt to express the emotional and aesthetic feelings he felt at the time he made the photograph. Adams considered it a seminal moment in his development as a photographer.

Each Modern Replica is individually produced and inspected, and matched to a master proof. It is dry-mounted on smaller sizes to an acid-free backer and overmatted with 8-ply museum rag board. The image and paper is estimated to resist fading or deterioration for over 180 years. The overmat, custom selected and cut to the image, has a generous border to create a powerful effect. Framing options have been carefully selected by our experienced staff to make the most beautiful presentation possible.

Size Chart
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Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Great service October 20, 2019
Reviewer: AY from San Diego, CA United States  
Yes, the replica prints are pricey. But they look great and are framed and shipped flawlessly.  The customer service is great, as they readily responded to my questions and made sure the print shipped at a convenient time for me. Thanks!

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5 of 5 Fabulous Image October 7, 2019
Reviewer: Arnold Gartner from Bloomfield Hills, MI United States  
My home is full os Ansel's Images.  I studied with him at Yosemite in 1981 and every day his images stir my soul and remind of our time together

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5 of 5 October 29, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from SF, CA United States  
So very pleased with how easy and accessible these great images are.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Looks beautiful, great Matte February 17, 2018
Reviewer: Adam Meyer from Cupertino, CA United States  
This is a wonderful print of this image. Just a few notes however because some of the description is wrong. I ordered the 24x30 image. It said it was t-hindge mounted. It is not. It is dry mounted to the back board. It says it is 24x30, but it isn't. It is closer to  22-1/4 x 29-7/8. It was only an issue because I ordered different matte and frame for it. If you are framing it yourself make sure you wait for the print to come in before you order anything or you will end up having to redo it as I did.

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5 of 5 November 17, 2017
Reviewer: Rob Henneke from Saluda, NC United States  
Excellent reproduction and framing.  My second favorite Adams photo as well as photos in general.

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