Ansel Adams, Eagle Peak and Middle Brother, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California, ca. 1968.
Toward the end of his seven-decade career, the famed photographer Ansel Adams began focusing on his artistic legacy, writing an autobiography and issuing portfolios of his most famous and technically accomplished works.
Assisted by Carmel, Calif. gallery owner Maggi Weston, Adams reviewed more than 2,500 negatives of works originally made between 1923 and 1968 to issue a select group of prints representing his finest photographic accomplishments. Released in the early 1980s, these portfolios came to be known as the “Museum Set.” Collectors could purchase a large portfolio of 75 prints or choose their own group of 25 that Adams would print himself, with the stipulation the prints would eventually be donated to a museum or similar institution. One portfolio was acquired by the Stokes family of Hampton Roads who worked with Adams to select the works printed for the portfolio.
The Chrysler celebrates the donation of this portfolio with the exhibition From Ansel Adams to Infinity. Adams’ stunning black and white photographs of the Yosemite Valley and other dramatic Western sites are renowned for their unprecedented luminosity and tonal range, refinements Adams perfected through cutting edge photographic techniques and materials.
(Photo © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.)