I am offering an intimate size print of my friend, mentor, and former employer Ansel Adams. As most readers know, I seldom make portraits, but this image of Ansel made thirty-eight years ago, always makes me smile as I recall how happy Ansel was that evening after first seeing his major exhibition Ansel Adams and the West at The Museum of Modern Art.
This 5x7" handcrafted silver gelatin image is being offered at the reduced price of $300 - a significant saving from the gallery retail price of my prints. Unlike my other prints, this 5x7" print - printed by me on 11x14" silver gelatin photographic paper - will be delivered UNmounted, and without an overmat.
The print will be made to the same exacting standards as all of my other prints, and will be selenium toned and archivally processed. It will be signed and dated by me, and will include a tastefully designed and photographically printed title at the bottom of the 11x14" paper.
Your print will be carefully prepared and packaged in rugged protective envelopes, and shipped fully insured.
This portrait of Ansel was made in September 1979 after a special preview reception of Ansel's monumental one-person exhibition Ansel Adams and the West at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, curated by John Szarkowski. This was my first trip to New York, and it was a thrilling experience in so many ways. I had started working as Ansel's full time Photographic and Technical Assistant a few months earlier, and was most pleasantly stunned when Ansel and Virginia invited me to accompany them on the trip to the East Coast. The image was made as Ansel, Virginia, along with a number of their close friends, and I were walking out of the impressive gathering at the museum. As we passed the title wall panel for the exhibition I asked Ansel if he would be willing to pose in front of his iconic photograph Clearing Winter Storm. He gladly agreed and I made the handheld photograph with my trusty Nikon. I hope you can sense from my image that Ansel was extremely pleased with the exhibition, and the entire evening. I have been flattered to have this image reproduced in a number of books and articles about Ansel over the many years that have passed.
Normally there is a long waiting period for John's original prints. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a print with a short waiting period.