Sunday, November 23, 2008

Introducing Ansel Adams Archival Replicas

Nearly 25 years have passed since a new type of Ansel Adams photographic reproduction has been made available. Now, digital reproductions of photographs made by Ansel Adams are being introduced by The Ansel Adams Gallery. These new “Archival Replicas” have come about because of recent advances in printing and imaging technology.

“Until now, people wanting to display an Ansel Adams photograph have had three choices: an original print made by the artist, Yosemite Special Edition photographs limited to 8 by 10” or fine art posters,” said Matthew Adams of The Ansel Adams Gallery. “These new Archival Replicas expand the selection of his work available to the public in a range of sizes, and do so at affordable prices,” Adams continued.

The ability to offer high-quality digital reproductions of photographs made by Ansel Adams was first considered three to four years ago when Matthew Adams and his staff started seeing printers with the capability of producing neutral black and white images with deep blacks. “However, we were disappointed that neutral, gray-ink-only reproductions rarely came close to Ansel’s photographs,” described Matthew Adams, “In the past two years, technology has advanced to the point that we’re now able to make reproductions of my grandfather’s originals to extraordinarily exacting standards.”

The imaging process employed is so advanced that, other than The Ansel Adams Gallery, only the Getty Museum and Smithsonian Institution are now using it. That technology, coupled with digital printers that use 12 inks, including four shades of gray, gives the Archival Replicas the full range of hues and tones of gelatin silver prints, according to Matthew. “We think these are the best large-format reproductions of Ansel’s work yet made,” he said.

The Archival Replica program draws from the combined collections of the Adams family and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, where Ansel Adams’ archive resides. Seven images that he created between 1930 and 1955 were chosen, including photographs taken in Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly, at Point Sur and of the Marin Headlands.

The Archival Replicas range in size from 7 by 9” to 30 by 38” and cost from $79 to $999, depending upon size, mounting, matting and framing. Each year, additional photographs will be made available. Ansel Adams Archival Replicas are available exclusively from The Ansel Adams Gallery and can be seen in Yosemite Valley and online at

4-Hour Photography Classes in Yosemite Valley

Every week, The Ansel Adams Gallery offers 4-hour photography classes that teach participants camera basics and lead them to prime locations for photographing.

In Using Your Digital Camera, students gain an understanding of their digital cameras, whether it be an advanced point and shoot or a D-SLR. Participants learn the basics of operating a camera including how to focus, work with depth of field, proper exposure, reading the histogram, ISO and shutter speed selection and more.

In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams takes participants to a number of locations where photographer Ansel Adams made some of his most famous images. At each location, students have the opportunity to see the same scene through their camera lens while working more in-depth with the scene around them. Students receive insight into Ansel’s life and photography as well as lessons in photographic technique.

This past fall, participants had the opportunity to learn new skills while photographing the beautiful fall colors in Yosemite Valley. This winter, come take a class and have the opportunity to photograph the winter scenery of Yosemite, from snow-covered cliffs to clearing winter storms.

Friday, November 7, 2008

SF Camerawork's Benefit Auction of Photographic Prints

SF Camerawork’s annual benefit auction of vintage and contemporary photographic art will take place on Saturday, December 6th. All proceeds raised from the auction support SF Camerawork's exhibitions and educational programs. This year, The Ansel Adams Gallery has donated two photographs to the auction: Shrubs and Snow by Don Worth and Angels Doing It! by Ted Orland.

Founded in 1974 San Francisco Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expression that push existing boundaries.

Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, Camerawork stimulates public dialogue and inquiry about contemporary image-making in the context of current social and aesthetic issues. Camerawork has presented nearly 400 exhibitions in its thirty years of support and services to local, national, and international artists. Additionally, Camerawork has produced many exhibition catalogs and a publication, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts. Other educational programs and informational services offered are lectures, workshops, conferences, critique sessions, a reference library, and an active internship program.

For more information on the auction, please visit

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Fall Images from Photographer William Neill

Photographer William Neill captured these two new fall images this season. Both are available as original photographs. For further information on these or any of William Neill's work, please email or call (888) 238-9244.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fall Hikes, Classes and Events through the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Final Call for Entries -- Yosemite Renaissance XXIV Exhibit Deadline is November 15th

Yosemite Renaissance is an annual juried competition/exhibition intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite. Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks. It is Yosemite Renaissance's hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage.

Entries should be recent works of the landscape, environment, wildlife, and people of Yosemite or the Sierra Nevada. Both representational and non-representational submissions are accepted. Entries may be in any fine art medium including painting, photography, drawing, and printmaking, textile and sculpture.

Entries in the form of digital files are due by November 15, 2008.
The entry fee is $15 per entry. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit. 30 to 45 pieces will be selected for the exhibition. Cash awards of at least $3,000 and possible purchase awards.

Please visit for details and entry forms.