About this image
Ansel Adams made this image with a 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" Korona view camera
and a glass plate negative around 1927. The image captures Yosemite 's
majestic Bridalveil Fall, including the curling mist that inspired its
Native American name pohono , meaning “puff of wind.” The fall looms
large in family lore: in 1901, Harry and Anne Best, the parents of
Ansel's wife Virginia, were married at its base.
"Bridalveil Fall" is
emblematic of the images Adams made during the late 1920s, a critical
development period in his career. During this time, he asserted control
of the photographic process by accentuating and minimizing different
aspects of his images, a process he called visualization.
discussed visualization in "Modern Photography 1934-35: The Studio
Annual of Camera Art," writing that before exposing the negative, "The
photographer visualizes his conception of the subject as present in the
His friend Francis Farquhar described Adams ' brilliance at visualization in a 1931 article for Touring Topics:
is the artist's genius which enables him to perceive at once the
arrangement of masses, the flow of lines, and the texture of surfaces in
the object of vision, whether it be a mountain, a landscape, a
building, a cloud, a tree, a human form or face, or anything
Adams emerged from the 1920s with a new vision of his role as an artist and abandoned his ambition to become a concert pianist.
Fall" appeared in Sierra Nevada: the John Muir Trail , Yosemite and the
Range of Light , (out of print), Yosemite and the High Sierra ,
Yosemite , and "Classic Images," the book based on the Museum Set, a
retrospective portfolio of what Adams considered his strongest work.
* image sizes are nominal sizes, there will be slight variation in size among each image as the aspect ratio of each image is set to match the original source image that Ansel Adams produced.
|Image Size* ||Unframed Price||Framed Price|
|8 x 10"|| $129|| $239|
|11 x 14"|| $189|| $319|
|16 x 20"|| $279|| $479|
|20 x 24"|| $399|| $699|
|24 x 30"|| $549|| $899|
|30 x 38"|| $899|| $1399|
How this print is produced
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.