The Unique Opportunity
The Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity.From time to time on our website, we will be featuring a never-before- printed image from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place.
For the first time in 2014,
the Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow
art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity. From time to time on our website,
we will be featuring a never-before-printed image (or two) from one of our
distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability
within the general market place.
This month, we have arranged to present two images (in two different sizes) from Charles Cramer: “
Intertwined Trees and Dogwood, Great
” and “Cathedral Rocks, Misty
Morning, Autumn, Yosemite.” While Charlie’s original 16"x20" and 20"x24" prints range in price up to $800, you can now
add one to your private collection for
25% off the initial retail price. Each
photograph is made by Mr. Cramer, printed to current archival standards, signed
and numbered, as well as mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00
AM Pacific Time on Monday, April 7th, and will expire upon the close of
business, Sunday, April 13th at 6:00 PM.
Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of
approximately four weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is
available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full
This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price. Image sizes are nominal.
Email our curator, Evan Russel, at email@example.com if you have any additional questions about the prints or shipping.
This offer has expired. Please check back later for future offers.
The Story of the Images - text by Charles Cramer
One of the challenges in photography is editing—figuring out
which images are the really good ones. I usually take quite a bit of time
to discern which images I want to print. I remember photographer Don
Worth, one of Ansel’s first assistants, saying that he’d actually like to
forget even making the images! I don’t go that far, but I need time to
become more objective. I’ll experiment with various images, making proof
prints, and remaking proof prints, but most of these are then filed away for
another day. Both the images offered here were “re-discovered” years
after making the exposures.
Also, most of my landscape work is done with my favorite
light— shade. This is usually found early or late in the day, or on an
overcast day. This light is predictable and, except for wind problems,
allows a fair amount of time for exploring areas and fine-tuning
compositions. The light in the two images offered here is quite
different. This light is much more ephemeral, and
quickly—which can be quite exhilarating.
Intertwined Trees and Dogwood, Great Smoky Mountains
© Charles Cramer, All rights reserved
(text by Charles Cramer)
The spring dogwood blooms in the Appalachian mountains can be
stunning. One May day back in 2006, I was exploring an area where some
early morning fog was evaporating. This area was also backlit, which I
find almost irresistible. Although the clearing fog is not clearly visible in
this image, it does provide some separation between close and far trees, giving
depth to the image. The contrast range is quite extreme, what with the
backlit whites of the dogwoods and the dark shadowed tree trunks. Because
of this contrast, I overlooked this image for many years. But with
the new advances in Adobe’s “Process 2012” (Lightroom 4 and beyond), images
like these became more workable. I was tremendously excited when I
first worked this image up late last year. This is one of the truly
exciting things in photography—when you discover a “sleeper” image that
really wants to be printed! I showed it to many friends and they
also found this image exciting. I’m happy to debut this image with this
Rocks, Misty Morning, Autumn, Yosemite
© Charles Cramer. All rights reserved
(text by Charles Cramer)
November can be wonderful in Yosemite Valley. The usual
pervasive greens of valley vegetation are complemented by the yellows of black
oaks and big leaf maples, with dogwoods often adding a rosy red.
I teach two workshops each year for the Ansel Adams Gallery at my
favorite times of year, early May and early November. In November of
2010, I stayed a few days after my workshop to make some photographs for
myself. Conditions were excellent—the Autumn colors were near their
peak. But on Monday, November 8
th, something very special
happened. A rainstorm was just clearing out that morning,
draping seemingly everything in quickly-moving, misty clouds. The
vegetation was moist with drops of rain. Everywhere I looked I saw a
photograph! By around 10 AM, the mist had mostly
evaporated. But in El Capitan Meadow, I saw a nice shape formed by the
rising mist against the granite cliffs of Cathedral rocks. I made various
exposures, and each are quite different because the fog changed so
quickly. This one is my favorite. I also like the way the smaller
tree in the meadow on the right plays against its bigger brethren. This
print took quite a bit of work to get it to “sing”. For me, this
print evokes wonderful memories of that special day.
Charles Cramer is a photographer who revels in
exploration and craftsmanship. A masterful artist, his career broadly parallels
that of Ansel Adams: an early focus on music, finding inspiration in Yosemite
National Park, and exploring the developing medium of photography. Charles has
worked in the darkroom for many years, mastering the complex Dye Transfer
process. He was also one of the first landscape photographers to work with the
"digital darkroom", recognizing the computer as an unparalleled means
to control color and realize his artistic interpretation of the scene.
goal of his photography has always been to make beautiful prints and that is
evident in his work. Cramer recently converted from exclusively using large
format cameras to using the latest, state-of-the-art digital camera system to
capture his most recent images. Many of Cramer’s large-format color photographs
are from Yosemite and the Southwest, but his portfolio consists of stunning
images from the east coast as well. His exquisite prints are held in
collections worldwide. Cramer was selected as a Yosemite
Artist-in-Residence in 1987 and again in 2009.
Cramer is in great demand as an instructor and teaches advanced photography
classes for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, the John Sexton Workshops, and
others. His landscape work has been published by National Geographic
Books, the Sierra Club, and he is also included in the books
Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness
The World's Top Photographers
Cramer studied piano for 20 years, receiving an M.A. from the Eastman
School of Music in New York. This conservatory was endowed by George
Eastman, who also founded the Eastman Kodak Company. This connection
between music and photography can be seen in the lives of many
photographers. Cramer gradually turned to full-time photography by
1980. He continues to play the piano, and has presented recitals at the
homes of photographer Don Worth, and in 1985 for Mrs. Ansel Adams.
prints with a variety of large-format inkjet printers. These prints exhibit
incredible sharpness, along with great resistance to fading. Previously, dye
transfer prints were considered the gold-standard for archiving important
images—but these new methods now exceed that by two to three times. Cramer
says, “I am thrilled to be able to make prints of a quality I could only
imagine fifteen years ago”.