"ANSEL ADAMS MADE MONUMENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER… AN UNDISPUTED MASTER": ADAMS' IMAGES 1923-1974, BOLDLY SIGNED BY HIM
ADAMS, Ansel. Images 1923-1974. Boston: New York Graphic Society, (1981). Oblong folio (14 by 17-1/2 inches), original half black cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $900.
First trade edition, second printing, of Adams' award-winning "ideal book, comprising his personal choice of pictures," signed by him on the half title, a landmark folio production with 115 extended-range photolithographs, in the original dust jacket.
"Adams had a greater impact upon creative photography than any other person in this century." Images is his "first very-large-format book… in full control, Ansel produced his ideal book, comprising his personal choice of pictures, state-of-the-art reproduction, graceful words and elegant design. He selected the 115 photographs that he believed best represented the range of his vision, choosing (as he always did when it was up to him) a wide spectrum of portraits, details, abstracts and occasional quirky subjects, as well as a smattering of his grand landscapes… Images was both a great aesthetic and a commercial success, elected as one of the 50 Books of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and awarded first prize at the World Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany" (Alinder, 266, 307, 388). To Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wallace Stegner, who authored the introduction, Adams' "mind and vision, his reverence, his delicacy and strength, will have the power to move and enhance and enlarge us as long as walls exist for photographs" (Miraculous Instants, 51-2). Images remains "one of the handsomest books of its kind ever made" (New York Times). "Ansel Adams made monumental contributions as a photographer… an undisputed master" (Warren, Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography, 9). Initially issued in 1974 in a trade edition (without laid-in print) and a limited edition: this second printing of the first trade edition containing "the original films from the 1974 printing." Without rarely found laid-in print; without slipcase.
Only lightest toning to original cloth. A fine signed copy.