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Monolith: The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley

1926-1927, printed 1927 Ansel Adams Born: San Francisco, California 1902 Died: Monterey, California 1984 Jean Chambers Moore (Publisher) Grabhorn Press (Printer) gelatin silver print sheet: 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.2 x 25.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1992.101.3 Not currently on view


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At just over 4,700 feet above the valley, Half Dome is the most iconic rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Adams squeezed the monolith into the frame to emphasize the majesty of its scale and the drama of its cliff. As it thrusts out of the brilliant white snow, Half Dome stands as a symbol of the unspoiled western landscape.
Ansel Adams made his first trip to the Sierra Nevada mountain range when he was fourteen years old, and he returned every year until the end of his life, often for month-long stretches. Throughout his career Adams traveled widely – from Hawaii to Maine – to photograph the most picturesque vistas in America. After his death in 1984, a section of the Sierra Nevada was named the Ansel Adams Wilderness in his honor.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Landscape - California - Yosemite Valley

Landscape - mountain - Half Dome

Landscape - mountain - Sierra Nevada Mountains

Landscape - park - Yosemite National Park

Landscape - valley

photography - photoprint

paper - kodak vitava athena grade t parchment

gelatin silver

About Ansel Adams

Born: San Francisco, California 1902 Died: Monterey, California 1984

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