Monolith: The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley

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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
Title
Monolith: The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley
Artist
Printer
Publisher
Date
1926-1927, printed 1927
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.2 x 25.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – mountain – Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Landscape – valley
  • Landscape – California – Yosemite Valley
  • Landscape – park – Yosemite National Park
  • Landscape – mountain – Half Dome
Object Number
1992.101.3
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