Signed – Ansel Adams – 50 Years of Portraits, Alinder, 1978, C-VG-pb


Signed – ANSEL ADAMS –  50 YEARS OF PORTRAITS by James Alinder. Monograph published as “Untitled 16” by Friends of Photography, Carmel, California, U.S.A. 1978. SIGNED with black fine point marker on front facing endpaper “ANSEL ADAMS” in script (see photos). Softbound book printed on heavy photographic stock paper featuring 26 black & white portraits dated beginning 1927 through 1977, plus text over 53 numbered pages. 8.50×10.00×0.25. Condition: Collectible VERY GOOD – Front cover displays very light edgewear; a few tiny spots; a break/tear two-inches from spine top (see photo) which does not affect the opening/closing or interior of the book at all; bends to front cover photo of Jose Clemente Orozco not affecting his face (see photo); rear cover contains mild smudging and a few tiny pinpricks, otherwise clean, bright, tightly bound. All interior pages clean, bright and unmarked (see all photos for detail).

World-renowned American photographer, Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984), was primarily an landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, an association of photographers advocating “pure” photography which favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of a photograph. Adams’s technical mastery was the stuff of legend. More than any creative photographer, before or since, he reveled in the theory and practice of the medium. He served as principal photographic consultant to Polaroid and Hasselblad. Adams developed the famous and highly complex “zone system” of controlling and relating exposure and development, enabling photographers to creatively visualize an image and produce a photograph that matched and expressed that visualization. He produced ten volumes of technical manuals on photography, which are the most influential books ever written on the subject. In 1980 Adams was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. Acknowledging Adams’s years of work as both a photographer and an environmentalist, the president’s citation said, “It is through [Adams’s] foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.”
The 26 rare beautiful portrait photographs in this book demonstrate the same technical mastery and human artistry that defined Adams’ unparalleled reputation as a master artist.
Scarce SIGNED edition.

1 in stock

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Weight 2.00 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 1 × 11 in


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