Artwork of the Week: April 27

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Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Mt. McKinley and Wonder Lake, Alaska, gelatin silver print, 1947 (printed 1971). 16 x 20 in. Works on Paper Gallery in the exhibition Refraction/Reflection

Ansel Adams wrote of capturing this iconic image: “I was stunned by the vision of Mount McKinley …  It is a vast, magnificent mountain, presenting complex challenges to the photographer.  At about 1:30 a.m. as the sun rose, the clouds lifted and the mountain glowed an incredible shade of pink.  Laid out in front of Mount McKinley, Wonder Lake was pearlescent against the dark embracing arms of the shoreline.  I made what I visualized as an inevitable image.  The scale of this great mountain is hard to believe—the camera and I were thirty miles from McKinley’s base.”

One Response to “Artwork of the Week: April 27”

  1. Really honored to be included in this exhibit with Ansel and other great legends (see Twilight, Platte Bay, Lake Michigan). This is a stunning image Ansel made. MUST be seen in person to absorb the luminance of this silver gelatin print – it’s why some of us continue to use film and print on silver gelatin paper in the darkroom. Many young photographers, like my three teenage daughters, are interested again in the now “retro” process of film and printing. Very encouraging! A great image on it’s own, awesome in any medium, Ansel’s silver gelatin print of this image is not to be missed.

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