2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

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A magnificent deluxe, oversized book timed for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln''s signing of the Yosemite Grant, an event that laid the groundwork for the National Parks system.

Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite in 1916, at the age of fourteen, and returned every year throughout his life. It was in Yosemite that he fell in love with Western wilderness and became a photographer; he made more photographs at Yosemite than at any other place.
 
Roughly 150 breathtaking images are exquisitely reproduced in this large-format clothbound book. There are notable portraits of El Captain (the famous rock face whose Dawn Wall was recently free-climbed for the first time), Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, Royal Arches, and other distinctive rock formations that frame the valley; grand views in all seasons and all states of weather; intimate details of nature from the Valley floor; the waterfalls--Bridaveil, Yosemite, Vernal, Nevada; studies of trees, from the giants of the Mariposa Grove to the exquisite white blossoms of the dogwood. There are gathering and clearing storms, snow and ice, bright sunshine, and the subtle shades of dawn and dusk.
 
The photographs have been selected and sequenced by Peter Galassi, former Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His abundantly illustrated introduction sets Adams''s pictures within the rich history of imagery of Yosemite.

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Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984) was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Through the exhibition and publication of his work, his writings, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve America''s remaining wilderness.

Peter Galassi was a curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for thirty years, including twenty as Chief Curator, from 1991 to 2011. He organized or co-organized more than forty exhibitions and countless collection displays at MoMA, many of which were accompanied by major publications. He was twice a fellow in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has won the Eric Mitchell Prize and the International Center of Photography award for excellence in writing. In 2012 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a study of photography''s vernacular and modernist traditions.

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Olivia Harris
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Beautiful pictures
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
My husband loves this book. Unfortunately he yelled out Jumanji while holding the book and now I can''t figure out how to get him back. 😿
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Michael Wu
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Printing quality can be better!
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2015
This oversized book celebrates Yosemite at 150 with photographs by Ansel Adams. It would make a wonderful book - who tells a better visual story about this remarkable national park than Adams? The selection is generous, around 145 of them. Besides Adams'' classic images,... See more
This oversized book celebrates Yosemite at 150 with photographs by Ansel Adams. It would make a wonderful book - who tells a better visual story about this remarkable national park than Adams? The selection is generous, around 145 of them. Besides Adams'' classic images, there are quite a few plates that are not seen in other Adams'' books. The introduction article by Peter Galassi is useful, although Galassi admits that he has never visited the valley. His paragraphs depict the park histry, referring to painters and photographers and their work in various art forms. Galassi quotes Adams for his deep appreciation in Yosemite that goes into his photographs. Influence from John Muir is also mentioned. More interestingly, Galassi writes about his predecessor, the late John Szarkowski, and Szarkowski''s thoughts when creating the exhibit Ansel Adams at 100.

What limits the book to three star is the mediocre printing quality. First, quite a few plates in large sizes lack sharpness and local tone separation. Adams'' photographs are famous for overall sharpness, rich texture and fine local tone separation. Yet these plates render them otherwise. Some are so bad that you would think the original photographs were made using a 35mm camera. Secondly, almost all the plates seem to have their high values printed a bit lighter than they should be. I don''t know if this happens because contrast is exaggerated or something else. But as a result, highlights are often blown out and high values sometimes lose traceable details. I have seen Adam''s photographs many times and learned his zone system when it comes to print values. Large areas of sunlit mountains are seldom rendered close to paper white. But a few plates render them just that. Some plates that have sunlit water, snows or clouds suffer the same issue.

I have many Adams'' books. So far the paperback edition of Ansel Adams at 100, printed in the U.S. (2001) or in Germany (2003), renders his work most faithfully, barring the slightly off tone. Others of high printing quality include Yosemite and the High Sierra (1994), California (1997) and Trees (2004). Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley could have been printed better. The paper stock seems quality. Design looks professional. The book probably fall a bit short to the AA standard, which is high. Probably not worth the list price. But around $50? Maybe, for celebration of a beloved park and it''s equally beloved photographer.
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John E
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Excellendt Value
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2017
Beautiful compilation of photographs, purchased for an excellent price!
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backorderbob
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One America''s best and most popular nature photographers in one of his favorite spots
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
One America''s best and most popular nature photographers in one of his favorite spots. Photographic memories of the sights we visited in Yosemite.
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Meg
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Worth every penny.
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
A fine text and some smashing photos.
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Kathryn
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Better than expected
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
Quality item at a fraction of the original price. Item was delivered on time and very well packaged.
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Monaco56
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A stunning volume, in content and quality.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
A stunning volume.
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Javier F. alonso
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Gorgeous Book.
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2015
This is a book of goregeous Ansel Adams pictures. The quality is great and it is a size that do justice to the images.
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The best Ansel Adams book since the slipcase edition of "Ansel Adams at 100".
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2016
This is, as far as I know, the best Ansel Adams book published by Little, Brown and Company since the publication of "Ansel Adams at 100" in 2001. I mean the "Ansel Adams at 100" edition ( ISBN 9780821225158) with linen cloth slipcase, printed in the USA,...See more
This is, as far as I know, the best Ansel Adams book published by Little, Brown and Company since the publication of "Ansel Adams at 100" in 2001. I mean the "Ansel Adams at 100" edition ( ISBN 9780821225158) with linen cloth slipcase, printed in the USA, which I only bought last year after seeing it on Amazon fr for the unbelievable price of 38 euros (about $42). It was a factory sealed copy which included the frameable reproduction print of one of Ansel Adams photographs. I had bought, a few years ago, the paperback edition but was disappointed in its printing quality (and size of plates) so I sent it back for a full refund. "Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley" has an excellent introductory text by Peter Galassi, who was a curator in the Department of Photography at the MoMA, which is one of the best museums in the world, if not the best, in terms of photography collection. The book was printed in Italy and has 25 color images (all of them placed with the introduction text ) and 125 tritone photographs. The plates are, in general, large and of excellent printing quality. There are about ten plates, right in the beginning, which are small and of poor quality. They are photos taken in the 1920s and I guess that the "Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust" allow those photos in this book just because of their historical value. But all other plates are of excellent or very good printing quality. Of course, they are photos reproduced in a book. You can''t expect the photos to be exactly like the original photographs unless you are a multimillionaire and could pay for what a book like that would cost. That said, most of the plates are of an astonishing beauty and high quality printing, although they could be even better, what is an extraordinary thing when I think about it and only photos such as Ansel Adam''s photographs could have different levels of high quality printing. Sadly, the printing reproduction here is not as good as in "Yosemite and High Sierra" edited by Andrea G.Stillman with an excellent introduction by John Szarkowski. That book was published in 1994 what goes to show that today, despite the better printing technology, Little Brown decided to lower the bar. If all you want is an Ansel Adams book on Yosemite than I suggest that you look for the 1994 instead of buying this book. You can still find good copies for about £30 or so. Just note that the 1994 book has 75 plates whilst this one has twice that amount. On the top of that, plates are larger on this new book. This is a new paragraph that I am adding to the review after having bought the 1994 book. Photos look better on the 1994 edition, this is a fact that can be physically measured, but please have in mind that most customers might not even notice a difference of quality. Unless you are, say, fussy like me then you will be better off with this new book. I am very happy with this book but it is not my favourite Ansel Adams book. My favourite book is "The American Wilderness" , published in 1990 and printed in the USA. (ISBN 0821217992). The book was edited by Andrea G. Stillman who, together with John Szarkowski, is the best thing you can read about Ansel Adams. That book is larger than this one and also larger than the slipcase edition of "Ansel Adams at 100". The plates are the largest ones I''ve seen on Ansel Adams'' books and also the ones that, to my eye, look better. Despite the fact that photos in "The American Wilderness" are duotone and the two other books mentioned in this review have tritone photos. My guess it that the duotone reproductions were printed from the original negatives instead of being scanned as they were in the two tritone books (Ansel Adams at 100 and Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley). I also had "400 Photographs" and a couple of other paperback books but I sold them to ziffit because of the small size of the plates and inferior printing quality. But please don''t get me wrong. When I say inferior printing quality I am comparing those books with some of Ansel Adams'' hardcover books. The technical quality of photos in the paperback books which I sold is better, considering the original high quality of Ansel Adams'' photos, than what you will see in most books of other photographers. My collection of Ansel Adams'' books is now limited to the three hardcover titles mentioned in this review. This book here is definitely worth ordering but if you want to have just one Ansel Adams book then I suggest "The American Wilderness" which, besides the breath taking images (oh God. What a cliche!) has very insightful texts straight from the horse''s mouth. The texts were written by Ansel Adams in different occasions and years. The "American Wilderness" is out of print and, here in the UK, you will need to spend much more to buy that book than to buy this 2014 Yosemite Valley book. All that said, Ansel Adams photographs of nature are more than their fascinating and admirable high technical quality. It is fashionable today to judge photographs by their social value before anything else. Myopic intellectuals, too limited by their urban environment and lifestyle, don''t seem to be aware of this very simple truth: There will be no rich and poor, no black and white without a planet to live in. Care for the environment is one of the most important causes of modern times. Ansel Adams battled for that his whole life. He did so in his personal life and in his work. I personally think that the environment is the most important issue of today as it is a "sine qua non" condition. In this sense, I would say that Ansel Adams photographs, even without people in them, have the same social relevance of Walker Evans or Cartier Bresson''s photos, for example, with the advantage of being of far superior technical quality.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2016
Very impressive - a beautiful book!
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2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale

2021 new arrival Ansel Adams in popular Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park online at 150 sale