Ansel Adams Exclusives
- Yosemite Special Edition Photographs are hand-crafted gelatin silver photograph from Ansel’s original negative
- Image Size: Approximately 8x10 inches
- Expertly mounted and matted to 14x17 inches with professional framing available
- Prints priced from $325 to $650
Of all the American landscapes that Ansel Adams immortalized through his images, Yosemite was the most deeply personal. In Yosemite he discovered his spiritual home and built his family. He first visited the Park in 1916 and he returned every year thereafter, meeting his wife there and then raising his family within Yosemite's splendor. Ansel hoped his images would inspire park visitors to become activists for Yosemite's preservation, instilled with a deeper connection to the natural world and desire to protect it. With that as his main goal, Ansel conceived this series of Yosemite Special Edition Photographs in the late 1950s. With images of Half Dome, Lake Tenaya, Merced River and more, he invited everyone to be of part of his 'art as activism" by pricing the prints at an affordable cost. We honor that intention today, offering these stunning silver prints to all who wish to express their love for Yosemite and desire to protect it as a natural wonder.
Today, with America’s wild spaces increasingly under threat, Ansel’s vision for the Special Edition Photographs remains as relevant as ever.
Yosemite Special Edition Photographs are the closest photographic reproductions to Ansel’s original masterpieces, painstakingly handcrafted from his negatives by former assistant Alan Ross. Alan Ross worked under Ansel’s direct observation from 1975 until 1984, and has been producing the series in accordance to Ansel's instructions ever since. Each silver photograph shimmers with brilliance, with richly perfected black and white tones. From a selection of 29 stunning images of Yosemite, each photograph is printed in 8x10 inches and authorized by the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. With professional framing available, this collection ranges in price from $325 (mounted and matted) to $650 (framed).
We invite you to stand with Ansel in his commitment to honoring and cherishing the unparalleled beauty of Yosemite by showcasing an Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition Photograph. As an owner of a Special Edition Photograph, you too can share Ansel's vision, inspiring others to preserve and protect Yosemite for years to come.
About this Image
Ansel Adams made this image around 1940. He took the photo around the corner from Olmstead Point on the Tioga Road . Later, Adams joined Sierra Club President David Brower and others in a long campaign to oppose rerouting the Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake . Despite protests, the Park Service built the new road -- it would be visible in this photograph if taken today -- inspiring Adams to pen the elegy "Tenaya Tragedy!!!" published in 1958. When driving east on the Tioga Road, this vista provides a breathtaking first glimpse of Tenaya Lake framed by the soaring peaks of Mt. Hoffman, Medlicott Dome, Tenaya Peak, Tuolomne Peak, and Mt. Conness in the background. Stumps dot the surface of Tenaya Lake , some of them quite a distance from the shoreline. Close examination reveals that these stumps are actually mature trees rooted the lake floor 50 feet below. At some point in recent history, the lakebed was dry long enough to allow trees to take root and grow for approximately 80 years. Given that the lake is a natural lake, the drought that allowed this must have been severe. " Lake Tenaya " was included in the 2001-2003 traveling museum exhibition Ansel Adams at 100 and companion book. It also appears in Yosemite, Our National Parks, Yosemite and the Range of Light (out of print and Yosemite and the High Sierra.