A Unique Offer in Fine Art Photography – Charles CramerApril 7, 2014
A Unique Offer in Fine Art Photography – Charles Cramer
|Above: Intertwined Trees and Dogwood, Great Smoky Mountains by Charles Cramer. All rights reserved.|
For the first time in 2014, the Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity. From time to time on our website, we will be featuring a never-before-printed image (or two) from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place. This month, we have arranged to present two images from Charles Cramer: “Intertwined Trees and Dogwood, Great Smoky Mountains” and “Cathedral Rocks, Misty Morning, Autumn, Yosemite.” While Charlie’s original 16 “x20″ and 20″x24″ prints range in price up to $800, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each photograph is made by Mr. Cramer, printed to current archival standards, signed and numbered, as well as mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, April 7th, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, April 13th at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price.
Please visit www.anseladams.com/unique to purchase, or email our curator, Evan Russel, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the prints, shipping or if you are interested in larger sizes of either image.
Evan Russel, Curator
The Ansel Adams Gallery
One of the challenges in photography is editing—figuring out which images are the really good ones. I usually take quite a bit of time to discern which images I want to print. I remember photographer Don Worth, one of Ansel’s first assistants, saying that he’d actually like to forget even making the images! I don’t go that far, but I need time to become more objective. I’ll experiment with various images, making proof prints, and remaking proof prints, but most of these are then filed away for another day. Both the images offered here were “re-discovered” years after making the exposures.
Also, most of my landscape work is done with my favorite light— shade. This is usually found early or late in the day, or on an overcast day. This light is predictable and, except for wind problems, allows a fair amount of time for exploring areas and fine-tuning compositions. The light in the two images offered here is quite different. This light is much more ephemeral, and changes very quickly—which can be quite exhilarating.
Text by Charles Cramer The spring dogwood blooms in the Appalachian mountains can be stunning. One May day back in 2006, I was exploring an area where some early morning fog was evaporating. This area was also backlit, which I find almost irresistible. Although the clearing fog is not clearly visible in this image, it does provide some separation between close and far trees, giving depth to the image. The contrast range is quite extreme, what with the backlit whites of the dogwoods and the dark shadowed tree trunks. Because of this contrast, I overlooked this image for many years. But with the new advances in Adobe’s “Process 2012” (Lightroom 4 and beyond), images like these became more workable. I was tremendously excited when I first worked this image up late last year. This is one of the truly exciting things in photography—when you discover a “sleeper” image that really wants to be printed! I showed it to many friends and they also found this image exciting. I’m happy to debut this image with this sale.
Intertwined Trees and Dogwood, Great Smoky Mountains (image at the top)
Text by Charles Cramer November can be wonderful in Yosemite Valley. The usual pervasive greens of valley vegetation are complemented by the yellows of black oaks and big leaf maples, with dogwoods often adding a rosy red. I teach two workshops each year for the Ansel Adams Gallery at my favorite times of year, early May and early November. In November of 2010, I stayed a few days after my workshop to make some photographs for myself. Conditions were excellent—the Autumn colors were near their peak. But on Monday, November 8th, something very special happened. A rainstorm was just clearing out that morning, draping seemingly everything in quickly-moving, misty clouds. The vegetation was moist with drops of rain. Everywhere I looked I saw a photograph! By around 10 AM, the mist had mostly evaporated. But in El Capitan Meadow, I saw a nice shape formed by the rising mist against the granite cliffs of Cathedral rocks. I made various exposures, and each are quite different because the fog changed so quickly. This one is my favorite. I also like the way the smaller tree in the meadow on the right plays against its bigger brethren. This print took quite a bit of work to get it to “sing”. For me, this print evokes wonderful memories of that special day.
Charles Cramer is a photographer who revels in exploration and craftsmanship. A masterful artist, his career broadly parallels that of Ansel Adams: an early focus on music, finding inspiration in Yosemite National Park, and exploring the developing medium of photography. Charles has worked in the darkroom for many years, mastering the complex Dye Transfer process. He was also one of the first landscape photographers to work with the “digital darkroom”, recognizing the computer as an unparalleled means to control color and realize his artistic interpretation of the scene.
The end goal of his photography has always been to make beautiful prints and that is evident in his work. Cramer recently converted from exclusively using large format cameras to using the latest, state-of-the-art digital camera system to capture his most recent images. Many of Cramer’s large-format color photographs are from Yosemite and the Southwest, but his portfolio consists of stunning images from the east coast as well. His exquisite prints are held in collections worldwide. Cramer was selected as a Yosemite Artist-in-Residence in 1987 and again in 2009.
Charles Cramer is in great demand as an instructor and teaches advanced photography classes for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, the John Sexton Workshops, and others. His landscape work has been published by National Geographic Books, the Sierra Club, and he is also included in the books First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness and Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers.
Charles Cramer studied piano for 20 years, receiving an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music in New York. This conservatory was endowed by George Eastman, who also founded the Eastman Kodak Company. This connection between music and photography can be seen in the lives of many photographers. Cramer gradually turned to full-time photography by 1980. He continues to play the piano, and has presented recitals at the homes of photographer Don Worth, and in 1985 for Mrs. Ansel Adams.
He now prints with a variety of large-format inkjet printers. These prints exhibit incredible sharpness, along with great resistance to fading. Previously, dye transfer prints were considered the gold-standard for archiving important images—but these new methods now exceed that by two to three times. Cramer says, “I am thrilled to be able to make prints of a quality I could only imagine fifteen years ago”