Our autumn exhibition, “A Continuing Legacy in Yosemite Romanticism – New Oil Paintings by James McGrew” embraces not only our own roots as one of the longest running businesses in any National Park, but we also pay homage to the role that art has held in the establishment and protection of our most revered public lands.
When I first came to California, I became acquainted with the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Valley. Efforts were then being made to restore the wetlands that had once been prolific in that area but were being diminished at an alarming pace. Through my photography, I joined the conservation efforts to save these natural and wild places. I want to share my artistic vision with others to increase awareness of these pristine landscapes, which are precious resources meriting preservation.
Charles Cramer and Ansel Adams have a lot in common, both have called Central California home, and early in the arc of their careers, both pursued music as a profession. Ultimately though, both would be lured away by the artistic promise of photography.
There is immensity to Yosemite that relates to both time and place – it pervades us here; it makes us feel humble. But there is also a romantic courtship that seems so genuine that, in spite of our diminutive status within these walls
In Yosemite right now, the waterfalls are roaring and the showy Dogwoods are in bloom! A true harbinger of Spring, the blossoms emerge like constellations of stars against the bare forest backdrop.
With this intimate and quiet photograph, Ansel Adams brought forth the striking serenity of nature, as William Blake once wrote, “there can be a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wildflower.” Many of Adams’ images draw our attention to the beauty of the everyday through the close view of his camera. It’s been said that we only protect what we love, and we only love what we know. Ansel Adams has helped us to know the natural world, and his images of the American landscape have inspired generations.
Ansel Adams made this image with a 5 inch by 7 inch view camera in 1938, the year he trekked through the high sierra with Edward Weston. To capture the 12 blossoms in this spectacular spray of dogwoods, he placed them atop a nearby rock covered with pine needles and lichen creating a very contemporary composition.
The Sierra Club published “Dogwood Blossoms” in 1960 after Ansel Adams selected it, along with 15 other images, for inclusion in Portfolio III, Yosemite Valley. Later, Adams selected it for his Museum Set Collection, a retrospective portfolio of what he considered his strongest work. This striking image has been published in many books and catalogs and is one of his best-known photographs.
See this newly released Dogwood Blossoms Modern Replica, available in six sizes.
The Ansel Adams Gallery proudly featured some of its finest examples of original, vintage, and mural-sized photographs by Ansel Adams at The Photography Show. The response was overwhelmingly positive from collectors, museum curators, art advisors, photographers and photo-enthusiasts.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend this year, we are pleased to offer a select number of these superb images for sale, including the ones featured below (all of which are framed to museum standards). The entire selection of our gallery’s available photographs can be viewed on our website under Original Photographs.
To take advantage of this exciting opportunity, please contact Brittany Moorefield, the Director of Photography Sales, by email at email@example.com or by phone at (857) 523-8100. Read more about our experience at AIPAD this year!
About Our Experience at AIPAD 2018
Every year in April, photography dealers from around the world descend on New York for one of the world’s most prestigious annual photography events; this year was an exceptional gathering. The Photography Show, hosted by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium, offering a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs. More than 100 of the leading fine art photography galleries from around the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America were represented in this 38th edition of the fair. The Ansel Adams Gallery was honored to be invited to this exciting and distinguished artistic venue.
During the five day event, there were numerous talks by collectors, curators, critics and other influential members of the photography world. Thousands of people visited the exhibition and The Ansel Adams’ booth garnered quite a bit of attention from dealers and industry insiders who were amazed at our outstanding collection of works by Ansel Adams, particularly the five mural-sized photographs. Most fair-goers had never had the opportunity to view one mural, much less five! We believe that the Winter Sunrise mural, which was hung prominently in the center of our booth, was photographed more than any other work in the entire fair! One young boy walked by with his family and exclaimed, “Mommy, I know that picture, I saw it in a book, it’s Winter Sunrise!” Which shows, it is never too young to start art education! We also had several groups from local universities and photography clubs come by to discuss and admire up-close our iconic prints.
Matthew Adams, the grandson of Ansel Adams and current president of The Ansel Adams Gallery, was in attendance at our gallery’s booth throughout the fair. Many of the fairgoers were delighted to meet him in person, and in many cases, shared their personal stories of how Ansel Adams had touched their lives in a variety of different ways. We are grateful to our many collectors and fans that came to see us at AIPAD from as far away as San Diego, Chicago, Delaware and Philadelphia; we don’t always get to meet our clients in person, so it was a pleasure for us to get to know them and have the opportunity to discuss their interest in photography.
The Ansel Adams Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition at AIPAD
Yosemite and Alan Ross have a storied history. Mr. Ross has been photographing this hallowed valley since he first came to work for Ansel Adams in 1974. Many adventures followed — the camera in tow as he developed his language of light.
Photographer Michael Frye has been working in and around Yosemite National Park for three decades. During that time he has thoroughly explored this vast, beautiful, and diverse region
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