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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, hand-made image 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 an exquisite image from Bob Kolbrener: “Spring Rain, Yosemite.” For the first time in the history of our Unique Offers, this image will be available in the full array of available sizes — from 16”x20” to 24”x30” — printed in a limited edition of 50. While Bob’s original prints in this size normally sell between $1600 and $3500, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price (for a savings between $400 and $875). Each gelatin silver photograph is printed by Mr. Kolbrener by hand in his darkroom to current archival standards, and is signed, numbered, mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, June 8th, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, June 14th at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to five 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 price.


Email our curator, Evan Russel, at evan@anseladams.com if you have any additional questions about the prints or shipping.


The Unique Offer Image





The locating and printing of a dormant negative is like reconnecting with a long lost friend. It is akin to finding long lost treasure. It has the impact of flood of memories — those of trial and error, success and relative failure, brilliant and faded light, short days and long road trips, and the fresh spiced air of Yosemite that recalls a plethora of emotions. And such is the case with Mr. Bob Kolbrener’s “Spring Rain, Yosemite 1972.”


Bob recalls that “it was a rainy spring day when with two friends, I drove up to Inspiration Point. I was attracted to the mood of the day and the line of clouds running down the valley. However, the quality of light was such that I felt a "fine print" would not be possible. But I liked the scene and chose to make a negative.”


I tried to make a print in 1972, but I could not control the tonal values in the sky when the foreground contrast was expanded and my attempts of the day went unfulfilled. As a result, this negative sat quietly in storage until this year when The Ansel Adams Gallery asked me to unearth a never-before-printed image with which we could collaborate on their Unique Fine Print Offer. Now, after years of experience, as well as the advances in printing papers and improved enlarger characteristics, it was a smoother path toward making a beautiful print. And I hope you enjoy it.”


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Spring Rain, Yosemite 1972
Price: $1,600.00
Spring Rain, Yosemite 1972 by Bob Kolbrener
Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Bob Kolbrener