About the Photograph – Saint Francis Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

St. Francis Church in New Mexico by Ansel Adams – available as a matted reproduction for $135.

“Many of my early photographs were made on orthochromactic glass plates or film” wrote Adams, “which gave a lighter value for blue sky than does panchromatic film.” The photograph was made in the afternoon with no filter, rendering the blue sky quite pale and the shadows soft. “This image is an experience in light” wrote Adams.

Some of the twentieth century’s greatest artists (Paul Strand and Georgia O’Keefe, among others) have also interpreted the church, although Adams had not seen their works when he made this photograph. The rear elevation, he wrote, “define this building as one of the great architectural monuments of America.”

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