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Portfolio One
Conceived and dedicated to the memory of Alfred Stieglitz to honor Ansel’s friendship and association from 1933 until his death in 1946. Ansel wanted to express his thoughts and feelings about Stieglitz and his remarkable body of work. Read more below...


Conceived and dedicated to the memory of Alfred Stieglitz to honor Ansel’s friendship and association from 1933 until his death in 1946. Ansel wanted to express his thoughts and feelings about Stieglitz and his remarkable body of work. This portfolio is primarily composed of landscape images made in the mid-1940s (a studio fire in 1938 destroyed most of Adams's earlier negatives); the set also features a 1938 portrait of Alfred Stieglitz. Adams released the portfolio just two years after Stieglitz's death, dedicating it to the tireless champion of photography and modern art: "Expressions without doctrine, my photographs are presented here as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments of the world. I dedicate them to the memory and to the spirit of Alfred Stieglitz." Only seventy-five copies of Portfolio One were made available, initially selling for $100 each.

San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1948. 12 gelatin silver prints; each signed in ink (on the mount); each with Portfolio stamp (on the reverse of the mount); each 8 x 10 inches or the reverse; signed in red pencil (on the preface); edition of 75, with 10 copies made for E. Weyhe.