Yosemite and the Range of Light by Ansel Adams, Signed First Edition, 1979

Adams, Ansel. Yosemite and the Range of Light. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1979. First edition. Signed by Ansel Adams. Oblong folio, in original linen-backed cloth and pictorial dust jacket. 

Presented is a first edition printing of Yosemite and the Range of Light by Ansel Adams. The book is signed by Adams on the half-title page. The book was published in Boston by the New York Graphic Society, in 1979. Yosemite and the Range of Light is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs by Ansel Adams and features an introduction by Paul Brooks. 

The book contains 116 striking black-and-white photogravures, most full-page, of Adams’ striking photographs. Adams’ Yosemite and the Range of Light set new publishing standards. George Waters directed the printing at Pacific Lithograph in San Francisco, with Ansel standing over the presses to guarantee his high printing standards were met. All plates were made using laser-scanned negatives and duotone printing, resulting in beautifully printed images. 

Ansel Adams (1902- 1984) was the most important American landscape photographer of the 20th century. Adams's professional life was dedicated to capturing, through his camera lens,  the unspoiled wilderness of America's national parks and other protected conservation areas in the West. He was a committed environmentalist and an icon for the 20th century conservation movement. 

Starting in 1916, Adams visited Yosemite National Park every summer as a boy. He began to translate that light into imagery, with a Kodak Box Brownie camera. He later wrote, “The splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious...There was light everywhere. A new era began for me.” It was Adams’ 1927 shot of  “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome” that propelled his career as both a commercial photographer and an artist. His work with the National Park Service and the Sierra Club greatly influenced his artistry, resulting in some of the most iconic landscape photographs to date.


First Edition. Oblong folio with linen-backed cloth boards and pictorial jacket. Signed by Ansel Adams at the half-title. Areas of edge wear to jacket, with creasing and some rips.

Dimensions: 12 1/2" H x 15 1/4" W x 1" D

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