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The Portfolios of Ansel Adams

From 1948 to 1976 Ansel Adams produced seven limited-edition portfolios. Each portfolio was comprised of ten to fifteen signed silver gelatin photographs. In all there are ninety superb images including many of Adams’ most famous monumental landscape photographs and some remarkable, less familiar portraits and architectural studies. He was renowned for his work in the darkroom and he printed every image for every portfolio himself. Adams placed great value upon technical mastery of his craft, carefully evaluating gradations of light in the image, manipulating degrees of exposure, and constantly experimenting with new techniques.

In the eloquent introduction for the 1977 book The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, John Szarkowski (Director of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art 1962 to 1991) observed that, “of all Adams’ publications, his portfolios most clearly represent his personal view of the meaning of his work.

  • Portfolio One

    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.
  • Portfolio Two

    Portfolio Two - The National Parks and Monuments, dedicated to Albert Bender

    In 1950 Ansel Adams released Portfolio II, a set of 15 photographs, to commemorate the National Parks and Monuments.
  • Portfolio Three

    Portfolio Three - Yosemite Valley, dedicated to Nancy and Beaumont Newhall

    “In these sixteen photographs are many deep echoes of experience from more than forty years in Yosemite Valley.
  • Portfolio Four

    Portfolio Four - What Majestic Word
    “It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators, just as they might have had meaning to him. And through them I hope that some of the quality, sensitivity and heart of Russell Varian...
  • Portfolio Five

    Portfolio Five
    “What is Adams trying to say to us? He says he can’t verbalize about what only photographs can say. He says only that this portfolio seems to sum up certain qualities and feelings he has not clarified before...it is clear once we open this portfolio. It is a profound statement by a great photographer.”
    Nancy Newhall, 1970

    Printed in 1970, edition of 110 copies, there are 100 copies numbered 1 through 100 and 10 copies lettered A through J. With introduction by Nancy Newhall.