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Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius

February 18 - May 14, 2006

 

(above: Ansel Adams, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1942, gelatin silver print on paper, H. 37.5 x W. 47.2 centimeters. George Eastman House Collection, Gift of the photographer. (c) 2003 by the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

 

The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is presenting Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius, on view at the Doylestown location from February 18 through May 14, 2006.  Ansel Adams is among the few photographers in history whose name and work enjoy world-wide recognition.  The Michener is the only venue in the mid-Atlantic states to host this spectacular exhibition.  (right: Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson from Manzanar, California, ca. 1944, gelatin silver print on paper, George Eastman House Collection, Gift ofthephotographerH. 39.2 x W. 48.2 centimeters. (c) 2003 by the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)             

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Adams's birth in 2002, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film revisited its extensive collection of Adams's work, creating a new exhibition of 150 photographs that reflects Adams's full career. While many come to know Adam's work through widely published books, postcards, posters and calendars, relatively few have actually seen his lushly printed original images.  His stunning landscapes and intimate still lifes of nature continue to captivate viewers.     

Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius presents work from the 1920s through the 1960s, including an early 1927 portfolio (one of only fifty produced) of Parmelian prints (gelatin silver emulsion on parchment paper).  For the first time, George Eastman House is pleased to include this portfolio from its collection in this exhibition.  Featured are many of Adams's most famous images of the American West -- Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941; Mount Williamson from Manzanar, California, ca. 1944; and Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, 1927. But prepare to discover equally stupendous (if less well-known), images such as Mud Hills, Arizona or Water and Foam, or the wonderful abstract titled simply, Stained Wallpaper Near Alturas, Calif. Many will be surprised to see that Adams did not confine himself to landscapes, but also made portraits and other subjects as humble as fence posts into images nearly as monumental as his beloved mountain ranges.

Adams's life story is as varied as his work.  His role as an artist, ardent conservationist, writer and educator all had their roots in Yosemite. This is where he came to create, seek solace in difficult times, and where he met his wife, Virginia Best -- along with other artists, mountaineers and Sierra Club activists.  Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada were the subjects of his first portfolio, "Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras" (sic) in 1927, a portfolio of prints on view for the first time as part of this exhibition. 

A gifted musician with ambitions to be a concert pianist, Adams struggled with which career to follow: music or photography. In 1930 he acceded to the lure of a life outdoors in pursuit of photography and gave up the serious study of music; however throughout his life he would credit music for teaching him the discipline, patience, and perseverance he needed in photography. 

From 1930 until the early 1970s, Adams like many of his contemporaries - including Edward Weston and Paul Strand - accepted commercial assignments to support his family.  These ranged from department store catalogs, car advertisements and marketing brochures to giant Coloramas for Eastman Kodak Company, murals for the Department of the Interior, LIFE and FORTUNE magazine work, and testing film for the Polaroid Corporation. Adams worked in color and black and white, but he never considered his commercial work part of his art.

In the course of his long life, he would produce eight portfolios and have work in more than 500 exhibitions.  A prolific writer, he published thirty-seven books and hundreds of articles about photography. Adams cared deeply about the wilderness and was an ardent environmental conservationist. His first job was as custodian of the Sierra Club lodge in Yosemite Valley, which led him to many friendships within the conservation movement.  He would serve on the Sierra Club board of directors for thirty-seven years and was active in the Wilderness Society. His photographs were used in support of many environmental issues.  Adams personally lobbied several presidents and Congress on behalf of wilderness preservation.

In 1932, Adams was instrumental in the founding of Group f/64, a short-lived but influential group of California photographers who brought artistic legitimacy to "straight" photography. Later in life he organized the Friends of Photography, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and promotion of art photography. He received many national and international awards, honorary degrees, three Guggenheim Fellowships, and had a wilderness area and a mountain named after him. He is the only photographer to be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, which he received in 1980. Ansel Adams died in Carmel, California, on April 22, 1984.

In connection with the exhibition, the Museum will present a number of programs including special lecture "Ansel Adams: An Adventure for the Eye and Mind," on Sunday, February 13 at 3 pm, presented by Anthony Bannon, Director, George Eastman House, the International Museum of Photography and Film. 

On Tuesday, March 7, a lecture series held on three consecutive Tuesday afternoons, from 1 to 2 pm, commences with the curator's exhibition lecture,  "Ansel Adams: A Biographical Sketch," presented by Jeanne Verhulst, associate curator of exhibitions, George Eastman House, and exhibition curator.  On March 14, Brian Peterson, senior curator, Michener Art Museum leads an in-depth lecture and tour the exhibition. "The View Camera," the final lecture and demonstration on Tuesday, March 21, presented by Bruce Katsiff, director and chief executive officer, Michener Art Museum.  Additional programs will be organized by the Bucks County Free Library.

This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius is sponsored by Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Thomas L. Newman, Wachovia Securities, Sylvan Properties, Inc., Heath's Service, Inc., and Wetherill Opticians, Inc.   

 

Wall text from the exhibition:

 
On a summer day in 1916, at the age of fourteen, Ansel Adams saw the breathtaking Yosemite Valley, for the first time. With a Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie, he proceeded to make pictures. Perhaps he had an inkling then that this magical place would be forever entwined in his destiny.
 
Ansel Adams (American, 1902­1984) is among the few photographers in all the history of photography whose name and work enjoy worldwide recognition. His stunning landscapes and intimate still lifes of nature continue to enthrall viewers. Adams's ability to convey the power and grandeur of nature in a black-and-white photograph is astounding. Adams is the master. This exhibition honors the man and celebrates his genius.
 
Many come to know Adams's work through widely published books, note cards, posters, and calendars. Relatively few have actually seen his lushly printed images in the original. This exhibition provides an opportunity to take a close look at a full range of his work. Favorites such as "Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico" or "Monolith, the Face of Half Dome" can be scrutinized for their subtlety of tones and quiet beauty. But prepare to discover equally stupendous images such as "Mud Hills, Arizona" or "Water and Foam," or the wonderful abstract titled simply "Stained Wallpaper Near Alturas, Calif." Many will be surprised to see that Adams did not confine himself to landscapes, but made subjects as humble as fence posts into images nearly as monumental as his beloved mountain ranges.
 
Ansel Adams's life story is as varied as his work. His role as artist, ardent conservationist, writer, and educator all had their roots in Yosemite. This is where he came to create, seek solace in difficult times, and where he met his wife, Virginia Best, other artists, mountaineers, and Sierra Club activists. Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada were the subjects of his first portfolio "Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras" (sic) in 1927. The portfolio of eighteen prints is on view here for the first time in its entirety. (Note: Gelatin silver images were printed on Kodak Vitava Athena grade T, Parchment paper available from 1925 to 1928. This matte, translucent, cream-colored paper formed intense, velvety blacks. The word Parmelian is a constructed name by the publisher Jean Chambers Moore to increase sales appeal. At that time, the portfolio sold for $50.00. Sierra Club members could purchase a "Parchment" print for $2.50.)
 
A gifted musician with ambitions to be a concert pianist from age twelve, Adams struggled with which career to follow: music or photography. In 1930, he acceded to the lure of a life outdoors in pursuit of photography and gave up serious study of the piano. However, he credited music for teaching him the discipline, patience, and perseverance he needed in photography.
 
Adams realized he could not earn a living from art photography alone. From 1930 until the early 1970s like many of his contemporaries-including Edward Weston and Paul Strand-Adams accepted commercial assignments to support his family which included his wife and two children Michael (b. 1933) and Anne (b. 1935). His commercial work ranged from mundane department store catalogues, car advertisements, and marketing booklets to giant Coloramas for Eastman Kodak Company, murals for the Department of Interior, LIFE and FORTUNE magazine work, and testing film for his friend, Dr. Edwin Land of the Polaroid Corporation. Adams worked in color and in black and white, but he never considered his commercial work part of his art.
 
In the course of his long life, he would produce eight portfolios and have work in more than 500 exhibitions. A prolific writer, he published thirty-seven books and hundreds of articles on and about photography. A generous nature compelled him to share his photographic knowledge in detailed descriptions and workshops on how, why, when, and with what equipment and film he used to make many of his photographs. His book, Examples: The Making of Forty Photographs is a window into Adams's love for and sheer perseverance to his art. Among his technical achievements is his development of the revolutionary Zone System a "pre-exposure" system, he developed wherein values from black to pure white in eleven gradations are applied to a scene to predetermine the resulting print tones. The Zone System is still taught in photography classes today.
 
Adams cared deeply about the wilderness and was an ardent environmental conservationist. His first job in 1919 was as custodian of the Sierra Club Lodge in Yosemite Valley. This association led him to many friendships within the conservation movement. He would serve on the Sierra Club board of directors for thirty-seven years and was active in the Wilderness Society. His photographs were used in support of many environmental issues. He personally lobbied several presidents and Congress on behalf of wilderness preservation.
 
In 1932, Adams was instrumental in the founding of Group f/64, a short-lived, but influential group of California photographers who brought artistic legitimacy to "straight" photography. Later in life he organized the Friends of Photography, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and promotion of art photography. Adams also helped establish the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson to house his archives. He received many national and international awards, honorary degrees, three Guggenheim Fellowships, and had a wilderness area and mountain named after him. He is also the only photographer to be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, which he received in 1980. Ansel Adams died in Carmel, California on April 22, 1984.
 
George Eastman House is fortunate to have had a friend in Ansel Adams through his longtime friendship with Beaumont Newhall, George Eastman House's first curator and second director. Nancy Newhall, Beaumont's wife, often collaborated on writing books and articles with Adams. Through gifts or purchases, the Museum holds more than 270 prints and numerous letters and artifacts in its collections, including the Kodak Box Brownie camera that Adams used on his first and ultimately life-changing visit to Yosemite in 1916.
 
Jeanne Verhulst, Associate Curator of Exhibitions
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

 

Traveling exhibition piece labels:

 
1.
IRON AND STONE-SHIPWRECK SERIES SAN FRANCISCO
ca. 1931
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
2.
BOARDS AND THISTLES, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
3.
LEAVES, MILLS COLLEGE CAMPUS, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1931
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
4.
LEAVES, STUMP, FROST, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
5.
REAR, RANCHOS DE TAOS CHURCH, NEW MEXICO
ca. 1937
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
6.
GRASS AND BURNED STUMP, SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1935
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
7.
LAKE CLIFFS, KAWEAH GAP, SIERRA NEVADA
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
8.
POINT SUR, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1950
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
9.
ROCK FORMS, NEAR TUBA CITY, ARIZONA
ca. 1950
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
10.
HALF DOME, MOONRISE, YOSEMITE VALLEY
1945
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
11.
WINTER STORM, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
1944
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
12.
MONO LAKE, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1947
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
13.
PINNACLES, ALABAMA HILLS, OWENS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1945/print ca. 1970
From portfolio: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
14.
MUDHILLS, ARIZONA
1947/print ca. 1970
From portfolio: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
15.
LONE PINE PEAK, SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1960/print ca. 1970
From: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 3
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
16.
PETROGLYPHS, MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH
1958/print ca. 1970
From portfolio: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 6
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
17.
THE BLACK SUN, TUNGSTEN HILLS, OWENS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1939/print ca. 1970
From: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
18.
WHITE STUMP, SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1936/print ca. 1970
From: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 9
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
19.
PIPES AND GAUGES, WEST VIRGINIA
1945/print ca. 1970
From portfolio: Portfolio V, New York: Parasol Press, Ltd., 1970, pl. 10
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
20.
NEW CHURCH, TAOS PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
ca. 1929
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
George Eastman House collection
 
21.
SALT FLATS NEAR WENDOVER, UTAH
1953
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
22.
ANCHORS, SAN FRANCISCO
ca. 1931
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
23.
DODY
ca. 1950
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
24.
CAROLYN ANSPACHER
1933
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
25.
ARROWHEAD, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1923
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
26.
WINNOWING GRAIN, TAOS PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
ca. 1929
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
George Eastman House collection
 
27.
DETAIL, PICKET FENCE
ca. 1936
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
28.
ANTONIO LUJAN-TAOS PUEBLO, N.M.
ca. 1930
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
George Eastman House collection
 
29.
CHARIS WILSON WESTON
1938
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
30.
SURF SEQUENCE I, CALIFORNIA COAST
ca. 1940
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
31.
SURF SEQUENCE II, CALIFORNIA COAST
ca. 1940
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
32.
SURF SEQUENCE III, CALIFORNIA COAST
ca. 1940
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
33.
[Window and door, northern New Mexico]
1928­1929
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
34.
CHURCH, MARIPOSA, CALIFORNIA
1934
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
35.
LAKE TAHOE THUNDER STORM
1937
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
36.
DEVIL'S POSTPILE
1946
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
37.
BASE AT UPPER YOSEMITE FALLS, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1950
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
38.
DETAIL, OLD WOODEN CROSS, TRAMPAS CHURCH, NORTH NEW MEXICO
1951
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
39.
MOONRISE FROM GLACIER POINT
ca. 1953
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
40.
ALFRED STIEGLITZ
ca. 1939
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
41.
ASPENS, DAWN, DOLORES RIVER VALLEY, COLORADO
1937
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
42.
RAILS AND JET TRAILS, ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA
1953
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
43.
[John Marin in his studio, Cliffside, New Jersey]
1957
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
44.
DR. EDWIN H. LAND
ca. 1955
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
45.
ROCK VEINS, TENAYA LAKE AREA, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
ca. 1935
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
46.
SUNRISE, MT. TOM, SIERRA NEVADA
ca. 1948
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
47.
MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH
1958
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
48.
RAIN FOREST, KILAUEA, HAWAII NATIONAL PARK
ca. 1956
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
49.
MADRONE BARK
1932
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
50.
COURTHOUSE, MARIPOSA
1933
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
51.
MOONRISE, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL MONUMENT
1948
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
52.
MOONRISE, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1944
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
53.
AT WASHBURN POINT
ca. 1945
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
54.
MONO LAKE, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1947
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
55.
BRIDAL VEIL FALL
ca. 1927
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
56.
FERN SPRING, DUSK, YOSEMITE VALLEY, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
ca. 1961
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
57.
LEAVES, MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
ca. 1942
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
58.
YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
59.
HALF DOME FROM MIRROR LAKE, YOSEMITE VALLEY, WINTER
ca. 1955
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
60.
THUNDERCLOUD FROM GLACIER POINT, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1956
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
61.
SHIPWRECK, STEEL AND SAND-SAN FRANCISCO
ca. 1931
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
62.
CANYON DE CHELLY, ARIZONA
1942
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
63.
ASPENS, NEW MEXICO
1958
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
64.
SIERRA NEVADA FROM LONE PINE, CALIFORNIA
1944/printed later
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
65.
EDWARD WESTON, CARMEL HIGHLANDS, CALIFORNIA
1945/print ca. 1974
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio VI, New York: Parasol Press Ltd., 1974, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with National Endowment for the Arts support
 
66.
ANTELOPE HOUSE RUIN
1942/print ca. 1974
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio VI, New York: Parasol Press Ltd., 1974, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with National Endowment for the Arts support
 
67.
MAROON BELLS NEAR ASPEN, COLORADO
1951/print ca. 1974
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio VI, New York: Parasol Press Ltd., 1974, pl. 3
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with National Endowment for the Arts support
 
68.
WHITE POST AND SPANDREL, COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA
1953/print ca. 1974
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio VI, New York: Parasol Press Ltd., 1974, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with National Endowment for the Arts support
 
69.
ALDERS, PRAIRIE CREEK BEACH, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
ca. 1949/print ca. 1974
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio VI, New York: Parasol Press Ltd., 1974, pl. 8
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with National Endowment for the Arts support
 
70.
MOONRISE, HERNANDEZ, NEW MEXICO 1941
1941
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
71.
SIERRA JUNIPERS, UPPER MERCED BASIN, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 1
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
72.
ABODE OF SNOW, FROM GLACIER POINT, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 2
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
73.
MONOLITH-THE FACE OF HALF DOME, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1926
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 3
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
74.
FROM GLACIER POINT, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 4
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
75.
ON THE HEIGHTS, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 5
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
76.
MOUNT GALEN CLARK, YOSEMITE PARK
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 7
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
77.
MOUNT CLARENCE KING, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 8
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
78.
ROARING RIVER FALLS, KINGS RIVER CANYON
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 9
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
79.
MARION LAKE, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 10
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
80.
EL CAPITAN, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 11
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
81.
BANNER PEAK, THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE, CENTRAL SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 12
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
82.
MOUNT BREWER, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 13
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
83.
KEARSARGE PINNACLES, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 14
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
84.
THE SENTINEL, YOSEMITE VALLEY
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 15
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
85.
LOWER PARADISE VALLEY, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 16
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
86.
EAST VIDETTE, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 17
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
87.
CLOUD AND MOUNTAIN, MARION LAKE, SOUTHERN SIERRA
ca. 1927
From portfolio: A. Adams, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [sic], San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, pl. 18
Gelatin silver (Parmelian) print
Gift of the photographer
 
88.
MOUNT McKINLEY, ALASKA
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
89.
SAGUARO CACTUS, SUNRISE, ARIZONA
1946
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
90.
MORMON TEMPLE, MANTI, UTAH
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 4
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
91.
VINE AND ROCK, ISLAND OF HAWAII, T.H.
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 5
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
92.
REFUGIO BEACH, CALIFORNIA
1946/print ca. 1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 6
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
93.
THE WHITE CHURCH, HORNITOS, CALIFORNIA
1946/print ca. 1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
94.
ROOTS, FOSTER GARDENS, HONOLULU, T.H.
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 8
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
95.
OAK TREE, SNOW STORM, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 9
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
96.
TRAILSIDE, NEAR JUNEAU, ALASKA
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 10
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
97.
CLOUDS ABOVE GOLDEN CANYON, DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1946/print ca. 1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio I, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1948, pl. 12
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
98.
NOON CLOUDS, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA
1942
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
99.
FOREST, EARLY MORNING, MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
100.
DUNES, HAZY SUN, WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO
1941
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 3
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
101.
WHITE HOUSE RUIN, MORNING, CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 4
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
102.
MOTH AND STUMP, INTERGLACIAL FOREST, GLACIER BAY NATIONAL MONUMENT, ALASKA
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 6
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
103.
SENTINEL ROCK, WINTER DUSK, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
1944
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
104.
IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL MONUMENT, CALIFORNIA
1942
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 9
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
105.
RAIN, BEARTRACK COVE, GLACIER BAY NATIONAL MONUMENT, ALASKA
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 10
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
106.
DEAD TREE, SUNSET CRATER NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 11
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
107.
ZABRISKIE POINT, DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL MONUMENT, CALIFORNIA
1942
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 12
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
108.
THE ATLANTIC, SCHOODIC POINT, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE
1949
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1950, pl. 14
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
109.
DAWN, AUTUMN FOREST, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TENNESSEE
1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments, San Francisco: Sierra Club, pl. 15
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
110.
MONOLITH, THE FACE OF HALF DOME
1927/print ca. 1960
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
111.
MERCED RIVER, CLIFFS OF CATHEDRAL ROCKS, AUTUMN
ca. 1939
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
112.
TREES AND SNOW
1933/print ca. 1960
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 4
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
113.
BRANCHES IN SNOW
ca. 1932
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 5
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
114.
TENAYA CREEK, SPRING RAIN
ca. 1948
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
115.
WATER AND FOAM
ca. 1955
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 8
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
116.
DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS
1938
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 10
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
117.
GRASS AND POOL
ca. 1935
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 11
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
118.
NEVADA FALL, RAINBOW
ca. 1950
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 12
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
119.
RUSHING WATER, MERCED RIVER
ca. 1955
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio III: Yosemite Valley, San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1959, pl. 13
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
120.
TEKLANIKA RIVER, MOUNT McKINLEY NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA
1947/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 1
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
121.
SEQUOIA ROOTS, MARIPOSA GROVE, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1950/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 2
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
122.
LEAF, GLACIER BAY NATIONAL MONUMENT, ALASKA
1948/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 3
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
123.
DUNES, OCEANO, CALIFORNIA
1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 4
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
124.
CATHEDRAL PEAK AND LAKE, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
1960/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 5
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
125.
VERNAL FALL, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1920/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 6
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
126.
CLEARING STORM, SONOMA COUNTY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
1951/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 7
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
127.
OAK TREE, SUNSET CITY, SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA
1962
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, pl. 8
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
128.
CASTLE ROCK SUMMIT ROAD ABOVE SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA
1963/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 9
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
129.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST REDWOODS
ca. 1960/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 10
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
130.
ORCHARD, EARLY SPRING NEAR STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA
1940/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 11
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
131.
SIESTA LAKE, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
1958/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 12
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
132.
TUOLUMNE MEADOWS, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
1941/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 14
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
133.
SIERRA NEVADA, WINTER EVENING FROM THE OWENS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
1962/print ca. 1963
From portfolio: A. Adams, Portfolio IV: What Majestic Word,
San Francisco: Varian Foundation and Sierra Club, 1963, pl. 15
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase
 
134.
ROY TAKENO, EDITOR, MANZANAR FREE PRESS, MANZANAR RELOCATION CENTER, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1943
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
135.
WOMAN AND SCREEN DOOR
ca. 1944
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
136.
MOUNT WILLIAMSON FROM MANZANAR, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1944
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
137.
GHOST RANCH HILLS, NEW MEXICO
1937
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
138.
OLD SPANISH AMERICAN WOMAN CHIMAYO AREA, NEW MEXICO
1937
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
139.
THE TETON RANGE, SNAKE RIVER, GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
1942
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
140.
[Half Dome]
1960
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
141.
[Phyllis Bottome, San Francisco, California]
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
142.
CROSSES, TRAMPAS, NEW MEXICO
ca. 1950
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House collection
 
143.
THE GOLDEN GATE, SAN FRANCISCO BEFORE THE BUILDING OF THE BRIDGE
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
144.
WHITE FENCE NEAR POINT ARENA, CALIFORNIA
ca. 1960
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
145.
PINE CONE AND EUCALYPTUS LEAVES, SAN FRANCISCO
ca. 1936
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
146.
ROSE ON DRIFTWOOD
ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
147.
THE BLACK CROSS-SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
1960
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
148.
STAINED WALLPAPER NEAR ALTURAS, CALIF.
1960
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the photographer
 
149.
MIST, CASCADE PASS, WASHINGTON
ca. 1960
Gelatin silver print
George Eastman House purchase with funds provided by Eastman Kodak Company
 
150.
Arnold Newman
American (b. 1918)
ANSEL ADAMS, CARMEL, CALIFORNIA
1976/print ca. 1991
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Professional Imaging, Eastman Kodak Company


rev. 11/21/05 

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