Portfolio Photographs

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.



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