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ADAMS, Ansel. The Negative. New York Graphic Society, (1981). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of Book 2 in the New Ansel Adams Photography Series, boldly signed by him on the half title, illustrated with over 150 black-and-white photogravures, diagrams and charts.

“The making of the negative is a science; the making of the print is an art.” In this second volume of The New Ansel Adams Photography Series, Adams explores his lifelong goal of “visualization”—imagining the final photograph in advance—through an exploration of his Zone System, the dynamics of light and the technical artistry of photography. Here is the full expression of the man whose “exquisitely disciplined craftsmanship… has brought him international renown as one of the greatest photographers of the natural scene in America” (New York Times).

Text and plates fresh, faint foxing to several early leaves; lightest edge-wear to bright dust jacket. A highly desirable about-fine copy, scarce signed.

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