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Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams, Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams, 1946, covered board with letterpress and cloth ribbon, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 51.211o

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Title

Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams

Artist

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)

Related People

dedicated to: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)

publisher: Grabhorn Press (American, 1919/1920-1965)

Date

1946

Medium

covered board with letterpress and cloth ribbon

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund

Accession Number

51.211o

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portfolios

Description

Adams produced seven portfolios between 1948 and 1976. A prolific printer who created every image himself, he made more than 13,000 photographs by hand for these seven sets. Only seventy-five copies of Portfolio One were made, initially selling for $100 each.

Primarily composed of landscape images made in the mid-1940s (a studio fire in 1938 destroyed most of Adams's earlier negatives), the set also features a 1938 portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, mentor and friend to Adams since 1933. He released the portfolio just two years after Stieglitz's death, dedicating it to the tireless champion of photography and modern art: "Expressions without doctrine, my photographs are presented here as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments of the world. I dedicate them to the memory and to the spirit of Alfred Stieglitz."

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