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Ansel Adams, Yosemite Facelift, and the Spirit of Conservation

For Ansel Adams, few landscapes held the creative potential of Yosemite National Park. Though he photographed many thousands of miles of America’s wilderness during his prolific career, Yosemite remained his particular passion and artistic muse. The photographs he made there—of rugged El Capitan,…
Ansel, son Michael, and Virginia in the old mining town of Bennettville, CA during their camping trip to Bodie. Photo courtesy of the Adams Family memorabilia archives.

Camping in Bodie: An Adams Family Camping Trip

It should probably come as no surprise that Ansel Adams loved spending time outdoors, his legacy being so deeply connected to the natural wonder of the American West. But even though his time spent in the wilderness was often connected with his work, Ansel still loved to partake in a classic American…

Color on the East Side of the Sierra

Fall Colors Destinations near Yosemite National Park While Summer lingers in Yosemite Valley, the east side of the Sierras prepare for Autumn’s transcendent glow. As the season turns, patches of color and patterns of golden light ripple through the hillsides. The air cools, the crowds thin, and Yosemite…

The Color of Black and White

Purchase these photographs Join us for the Artist Reception Saturday, October 12th, 3-5pm For the photographer, the art (or skill) of seeing the finished print in the mind’s eye is not to be taken lightly. It is a trait of true dedication – a sixth sense. Ansel Adams was a proponent of the…

“Sierra Meadow” by Ansel Adams

A Visual Incentive to Protect our High Country Meadows In 1930, Ansel Adams ventured to Yosemite’s high country and photographed “Sierra Meadow,” a work of art that depicts the lush beauty and intricate flora of a garden-meadow. The wildflowers in Ansel’s photograph glow with a luminosity made…

Two Friends & A Burro

The Story of Banner Peak, Thousand Island Lake (The Ansel Insider) “I held Ansel’s ass while he made that picture!” What’s that again? That statement remained a joke between Ansel Adams and his lifelong friend Herold Seville for decades. The two took a venturesome trip to High Sierra in…

A “Tragedy” on the High Trip

(The Ansel Insider) As an avid outdoorsman, Ansel Adams was no stranger to the hardships of camping in the backcountry. Far from the creature comforts of home, hiking miles upon miles each and every day, even America’s most famous outdoorsman could find himself overwhelmed. But for Ansel, the harsh…

Glowing Luminosity: A Grove of Tamarack Pine

The Story of Soft Focus on a High Sierra Expedition (The Ansel Insider) The Ansel Adams Gallery is pleased to offer a rare vintage photograph of “A Grove of Tamarack Pine,” one of very few soft focus images known to have been made in Ansel Adams’ photographic career. In September 1921, Ansel…