The Yosemite Special Edition Photographs are truly remarkable legacy of Ansel Adams and his intent to connect people to the beauty and Nature. These 24 photographs are the only images still being printed from Adams’ original negatives.
The Yosemite Special Edition Photographs are hand-made by Alan Ross on 8×10 inch gelatin silver ( Black & White ) photographic paper. They are mounted and over-mounted to a 14×17 inch finished size with white, 4-ply archival museum board. The over-mat is lightly debossed in gray with the Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition signature motif.
Ansel Adams was born in on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California. His family came to California from New England, having migrated from Ireland in the early 1700s.
Adams taught himself the piano, which would become his early passion. In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, he also began experimenting with photography. He learned darkroom techniques and read photography magazines, attended camera club meetings, and went to photography and art exhibits. He developed and sold his early photographs at Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley.
In 1928, Ansel Adams married Virginia Best, the daughter of the Best’s Studio proprietor. Virginia inherited the studio from her artist father on his death in 1935, and the Adamses continued to operate the studio until 1971. The business, now known as the Ansel Adams Gallery, remains in the family.
By the 1960s, appreciation of photography as an art form had expanded to the point at which Adams’ images were shown in large galleries and museums. In 1974, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosted a retrospective exhibit. Adams spent much of the 1970s printing negatives in order to satisfy demand for his iconic works. Adams had a heart attack and died on April 22, 1984, at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California, at the age of 82.