Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from the Staff of The Ansel Adams Gallery!

Wishing you a happy new year and all the best in 2009!

We hope that you will visit our gallery in Yosemite National Park during 2009. The new year brings many great things to our gallery including new photography workshops, a line-up of great photography exhibits and our recently released Ansel Adams Archival Replicas.

Jeffrey Conley - Earth Elements Exhibit

Currently on the walls of our Yosemite gallery is Earth Elements, an exhibit of photographic work by Jeffrey Conley.

Jeffrey Conley is originally from New York State. Jeffrey received a BFA in Photographic Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1991, he moved to Yosemite National Park in California's majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. There he photographed extensively and worked for The Ansel Adams Gallery, where he led seminars in photographic instruction.

His subject matter is diverse, from urban landscapes and found still-lives to studies of pristine wilderness. In all he strives to capture and liberate a meditative spirit that he feels can be found within all things.

Original photographs by Jeffrey Conley have been exhibited and collected in the United States and Europe. Jeffrey currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Yosemite's First Month of Snow Brings Young Visitors First Snow Experience!

The month of December finally brought snow to Yosemite Valley during a chain of winter storms. The snow accumulation has allowed park visitors to finally partake in winter activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing and the park’s own downhill skiing area, Badger Pass.

Brayden, Molly, Riley and Bronte (pictured left to right) from Queensland, Australia were lucky enough to experience their first snow in Yosemite. Using props from the gallery, staff member Carol McElligot helped the kids build their very first snowman.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays from The Ansel Adams Gallery

The staff of The Ansel Adams Gallery would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

An Exciting Opportunity to Acquire Ansel Adams Original Photographs

The Ansel Adams Gallery has recently been authorized by a portion of our consignors to reduce the price on some of our currently available Ansel Adams original photographs for a limited time. With photographs priced as much as 30% below market, the opportunity to invest in a substantial piece of 20th century photography has never been better.

Adams understood photography as a powerful form of communication through which he was able to interpret the western landscape. Through his photography, he helped others gain an appreciation for the natural world while turning landscape photography into an art form.

Since his passing in 1984, Adams' photographs have consistently remained one of the most sought after art pieces on the market. To take advantage of this opportunity to add an Ansel Adams original to your own collection, please contact us at or by calling (888) 238-9244. We will assist you in showing available work and pricing to help start or add to your personal art collection. This special opportunity will last until December 31, 2008.


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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Photography Workshop through the Sierra Foothill Conservatory

Explore the world of landscape photography with nature photographer Mike Osborne. Learn to capture beautiful fall images of the celebrated Merced River Canyon. This class will be geared primarily toward inexperienced photographers although all experience levels and all types of cameras are welcome. We will concentrate mostly on looking at light, composition and exposure--those elements that contribute to taking better photos. Photoshop and other post capture computer processing programs will not be covered in this class. You are encouraged to bring your camera manuals with you as there are a bewildering number of camera models and they all work somewhat differently. Please review your camera manuals before the class. If you have (or can borrow) a tripod bring that as well. Sturdy shoes should be worn--we will be walking over loose rocks from the road down to the riverbank and walking on wet & slippery rocks . This class will not be strenuous but it will require walking over unstable and slippery terrain. If it is raining, bring rain gear and umbrellas. A Picnic Lunch will be included at this very special event.

Saturday Nov 8th 2008 - 8am to 2pm
$35 for members, $50 for non-members
Workshop limited to 12 participants

Contact Sierra Foothill Conservancy to register and for more information:

Bridget (209) 742-5556

Fall Color in Yosemite Valley

Fall color began last week in Yosemite Valley. The entire Valley loop, as well as the Merced River Canyon, is filled with trees changing to yellow, orange and red.

Fall colors can be seen along the entire Yosemite Valley floor or enjoy an easy walk through Happy Isles or to Mirror Lake.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Climbing Auction Raises Over $6,000

The 4th Annual Yosemite Climbing Association Art Auction, which was held at The Ansel Adams Gallery last week, raised over $6,000 to support efforts to build a climbing museum in Yosemite National Park.

For further information on the Yosemite Climbing Association, please visit

Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

The fall color in the Eastern Sierra is reaching its peak. These photographs were taken over this past weekend at Silver Lake, which sits along the popular June Lake Loop. In addition to June Lake, fall colors can been seen in Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Crowley Lake.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gallery President Matthew Adams' Inside Scoop from the New York Fall Photography Auctions

As of this morning we are halfway through the Fall photography auction season, and it looks like the shaky economy is taking its toll. Sales of Ansel Adams photographs have held up relative to many other photographers, but the results are definitely not as strong as we have seen over the last few years.

At Christie's, on Tuesday, there was the added factor of some unusually high estimates. Portfolios 3 and 4 had low estimates of $100,000 and $90,000 respectively, which when you consider the buyer premium suggested minimum values of $125,000 and $112,500. In a strong economy, we might expect these prices, but high values of $187,500 and $150,000 simply aren't likely. Not surprising, these lots, and many others, did not sell. Christie's did have a very good selection of Adams photographs, and some people were able to make excellent purchases.

Sotheby's, on-going at the time of this writing, realized $362,500 for a beautiful vintage photograph of Moonrise, Hernandez. Estimated to hammer between $200,000 and $300,000, there obviously is still a solid market for
the very rare prints of icon images. Other Ansel Adams prints in the Sotheby's evening auction achieved middling to strong results - $31,000 for a very good print of O'Keeffe and Cox, and $74,500 for a darker print of
Tetons, Snake River in excellent condition.

The volume of interest is low, not surprising given that most people have concerns about the economy and what is coming. Hopefully the sense of crisis will soon pass, and people will adjust to a weak but stable economy. For those who can afford it, now may be the best time to buy in a number of years.

4th Annual Yosemite Climbing Association Art Auction

The Ansel Adams Gallery will be hosting the 4th Annual Yosemite Climbing Association Art Auction tomorrow night.

Silent bidding begins today, October 16th and goes until October 17th at 4 PM. The live auction and catered reception will take place Friday, October 17th at 5 PM.

The gallery invites you to the auction to help support the Yosemite Climbing Association. All proceeds raised at the auction go to the Yosemite Climbing Association and their efforts to build a climbing museum in Yosemite National Park.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Two New Posters Available from Michael Frye

Photographer Michael Frye has released two new posters. Half Dome and the Merced River and Yosemite Falls are available online at or by calling The Ansel Adams Gallery at (209) 372-4413.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Opening Reception for Wet Plate Collodion Exhibit on Saturday, October 18th

On Saturday, October 18th, from 4-6PM, the opening reception for Wet Plate Collodion will take place at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. Photographer Kerik Kouklis will be present to answer questions and discuss his work.

Kerik Kouklis grew up with photography, helping to build a darkroom in his parent’s basement in his early teens. He moved into large format cameras and sheet film in the late 1980’s, and began working with platinum/palladium in 1990. In recent years, Kerik has been producing a series of wet plate collodion work involving landscapes, flora and portraits.

Frederick Scott Archer introduced the wet plate collodion process in 1851. It became the first widely used photographic process because it was much more economical and accessible than the daguerreotype process that preceeded it. The process involves hand-coating collodion onto either clear glass to create a negative or onto metal or dark glass to create a positive image. The plate is then sensitized by dipping it into silver nitrate, loaded into the camera and exposed.

For collodion positives, many contemporary collodion artists now use aluminum coated with black enamel, known as an alumitype, and black glass for ambrotypes.

In addition to actively producing photographs, Kerik Kouklis also instructs workshops on the wet plate process, in addition to the platinum classes he has been instructing since 1997.

His work is in private and public collections in many countries.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall Color Has Begun in the Eastern Sierra

The fall colors in the Eastern Sierra are a favorite of visitors, locals and photographers alike. Every year, people venture over to Lee Vining and Lundy Canyons, Conway Summit, June Lake and other locations to see the aspen trees turn vibrant tones of yellow and orange.

The color is just beginning to emerge and the next couple weeks should bring forth a spectacular autumn display. The photographs seen here were taken on October 1st at Conway Summit, Lundy Canyon and the Tioga Pass Road.

Jerry Uelsmann: Other Realities

Jerry Uelsmann: Other Realities is currently on exhibit at our Yosemite gallery through October 15, 2008.

Born in Detroit on June 11, 1934, Jerry Uelsmann received his B.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A. at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960. He became a graduate research professor of art at the university in 1974, and is now retired from teaching. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Uelsmann received a Guggenheum Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past thirty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque in Paris, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Austrailia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2009 Photography Workshop Schedule Now Open to Registration

The 2009 Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Workshop schedule is now available online. We are happy to offer a variety of workshops focusing on traditional and digital photography taught by Mark Citret, Charles Cramer, Jenny Ellerbe, Michael Frye, Vaughn Hutchins, Patrick Jablonski, Kerik Kouklis, Tom Mallonee, Ray McSavaney, Alan Ross, Keith Walklet and others.

For our 2009 season, both our field, black & white and digital workshop programs will be run from our newly renovated workshop building in Yosemite Valley, right in the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Please visit us online at to see our upcoming photography workshops. Make sure to check back in the upcoming months for new additions to the 2009 schedule.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Call for Entries – Yosemite Renaissance XXIV

Yosemite Renaissance is an annual juried competition/exhibition intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite. Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations. Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks. It is our hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage.

Entries should be recent works on 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. Up to 45 pieces may be selected for the exhibition.

Please visit for details and entry forms.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Opening Night for "Trees: Perspectives and Interpretations"

The opening reception for Trees: Perspectives and Interpretations was held this past Saturday. The exhibit, which features photographers Jenny Ellerbe, Patrick Jablonski, Geir Jordahl, Kerik Kouklis, Richard Lohmann, Tom Mallonee, Alan Ross and Jerry Uelsmann, presents each artist's different view point on trees through black & white photography.

Attendees on Saturday evening were able to meet several of the exhibited photographers and enjoy a sparkling wine reception hosted by MUMM.

The exhibit runs through March 15, 2009. We invite you to view Trees: Perspectives and Interpretations during its run by visiting the MUMM Fine Art Photography Gallery at 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA. For further information on the exhibit, please call (888) 238-9244 or email

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Yosemite Renaissance Art Auction a Success!

On August 28th, The Ansel Adams Gallery hosted Yosemite Renaissance’s 2008 Benefit Art Auction. Park visitors and the local community came out to bid on over 80 works of art donated by artists who have been involved with Yosemite Renaissance’s exhibits and programs.

Raising nearly $20,000.00, the auction was a great success. All funds raised from the auction will be going directly to the Artist-in-Residence program in Yosemite National Park.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Call to Artists – Seeking Donations for the Yosemite Climbing Association Auction

The Yosemite Climbing Association (YCA) is seeking working and selling artists to donate work for their 4th Annual Yosemite Art Auction. All proceeds from the art will go directly to YCA. The event includes publicity for artwork, a silent auction on all art work and donated items, and a raffle as well as a food and drink reception. Your donation would provide for YCA to continue its goal of preserving the park's climbing history and interpreting it for the public.

The auction will be held on October 17th, 2008 at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. For further details, please contact or (209) 379-2650.

Trees: Perspectives and Interpretations Exhibit Now Open

The Ansel Adams Gallery is proud to present Trees: Perspectives and Interpretations. This exhibit features photographic work from contemporary artists Jenny Ellerbe, Patrick Jablonski, Geir Jordahl, Kerik Kouklis, Richard Lohmann, Tom Mallonee, Alan Ross and Jerry Uelsmann.

The exhibit is on display at the MUMM Fine Art Photography Gallery, 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA through March 15, 2009.

For further information or questions on the exhibit, please email

Great Hikes in Yosemite: Ten Lakes Basin

The Ten Lakes Basin is a popular hike with weekend backpackers for within just a few hours of hiking one can attain any of the trails 7 major lakes. The subalpine lakes, situated between 8,900 to 9,500 feet, allow hikers to partake in a midsummer swim while out along the trail.

Length: 12.6 miles one-way

Best Time: July through September

Vertical Feet: +2300'/-880'/+-6420'

Trail Access: Along the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park approximately 19 miles east of Crane Flat

Habitat for Humanity Art Auction

Last month, an art auction for the Mariposa Habitat for Humanity was hosted at the home of Jeanne and Michael Adams. The auction, which included work from contemporary artists and various donations from businesses in the Mariposa area, raised over $8,000.00 for Habitat for Humanity.