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ANSEL ADAMS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Ansel Adams 2013 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple copies available
By Adams, Ansel
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NY, 2013, 1st ed. 96 pp, 60+ photos.   In 1928 Ansel Adams was the official photographer on a Sierra Club annual High Trip, this time in the Canadian Rockies. He was already a master of b/w scenic photography. These images have probably never been published before this handsome book. 9''x10'' Hardcover with Dust Jacket, Fine-New condition. 

Our Canadian customers have told us that this book has been unobtainable in Canada.

This is the only book of Ansel Adam's early photographs of the Canadian Rockies. 'These mountains are breathtaking - utterly different than anything we have seen. The peaks and forest and 'tone' fulfill almost every ideal I have had of what 'my' mountains could be. . . These are the great mountains we dream about.' - Ansel Adams to his wife Virginia, 1928.

The Sierra Club's twenty-ninth annual outing or 'High Trip' was Ansel Adams's first as official photographer. It was during this expedition to the Canadian Rockies in 1928 that Ansel began to find his voice as a photographer. In ANSEL ADAMS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES, we discover images of celebrated natural sites including Mount Robson, Amethyst Lake, Drawbridge Peak, and Bennington Glacier that foreshadow the majestic mountain vistas for which Adams would become renowned.

A fine chronicle of one of Ansel Adams's earliest major photographic expeditions, and the only one he ever made outside of the United States, this book also serves as a record of Ansel's emerging style during these crucial years in his artistic development.

The 1928 Sierra Club High Trip in the Canadian Rockies

Ansel Adams began his photographic career using a Brownie camera on a visit to Yosemite in 1916 when he was just fourteen years old. Not many years later, in 1919, he joined the Sierra Club and became summer custodian for its LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. His first "high trip" with the Sierra Club was the annual outing of 1927 to Sequoia National Park.

Then, in early 1928, William Colby asked Adams to participate in the next summer outing, this one going farther afield than any before, to the Canadian Rockies. He was asked to be the official photographer; his expenses were to be paid, but there would be no fee.

The group went by a special train out of Oakland, California, to Jasper and Robson parks in Alberta, Canada. The party visited Jasper's Tonquin Valley, where several peaks were climbed. Their train then took them to Mt. Robson Provincial Park, where Mts. Resplendent and Mumm were climbed. Throughout it all, Adams:

"uncomplainingly carried his equipment, weighing unspeakable pounds. His only regret was that the pace required to keep up with the climbing parties did not afford opportunities to photograph all the wonders about him. He was with us one moment and then far away seeking a vantage-point - only photographers were permitted to leave the rope. On one occasion, although he had neither ice-axe nor alpenstock, he tried a direct return from the midst of a series of crevasses. Sensing danger, he tried the ice with his tripod. This precaution resulted in the tumbling of a great mass of ice down into a previously hidden cavern. The guides noted his predicament, and one of them went quickly to his rescue."

Adams himself later wrote in his autobiography, "I would unload exposed film and load fresh film with my film holders in a changing bag at dusk, while a friend kept the mosquitoes at bay."

The above is from the Sierra Club's website: http://www.sierraclub.org



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