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. Most of our available Portfolio photographs range in price from $3,500 to $20,000.

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Portfolio One

Ansel dedicated this body of work to Alfred Stieglitz, the tireless champion of photography and modern art. He wanted to honor his friendship and association with Stieglitz – a fellow photographer, influential gallery owner and mentor – which lasted from 1933 until his death in 1946.
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Portfolio Two – The National Parks and Monuments

This portfolio contains images capturing the grandeur and splendor of national parks all over the country, from Alaska to California, and Tennessee to Maine. It is a testament to Ansel’s passion for protecting these lands for future generations, and his imagery is both powerful and persuasive.
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Portfolio Three – Yosemite Valley

“In these sixteen photographs are many deep echoes of experience from more than forty years in Yosemite Valley. Each represents for me, a moment of wonder…Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph.” Ansel Adams
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Portfolio Four – What Majestic Word

“It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning…to a world in need of the vast and patient benedictions of nature and the benefactions of noble men.”
Ansel Adams
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Portfolio Five

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 from 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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