yosemitevalleythunderstormAltered Visions and Changing Vistas

March 28, 2015 / by AILEEN JACOBSON – NY Times

Ansel Adams, the master photographer of the American West, made small, soft-edged prints early in his career and high-contrast, large-scale prints later on. Michael Mattis, who with his wife, Judith Hochberg, owns the 41 early Adams prints (1920s to 1950s) now at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, compares the early prints to chamber music and the later ones to brass bands. (The analogies are apt, since Adams, who died at 82 in 1984, started out as a concert pianist.)

Mr. Mattis and his wife prefer the “chamber music” works, said Mr. Mattis, a former physicist and now full-time collector, in a phone interview from his Scarsdale home. “We think the early prints are much truer to what Ansel Adams saw through his lens,” he said. read more