Perhaps the greatest
of the American West, signed by Ansel Adams
ADAMS, ANSEL; AUSTIN, MARY.
Pueblo: Photographed by Ansel
Adams and Described by Mary Austin
“The real mystery of creation resides
in things, in the mystery of invisible energies which all our science
struggles to resolve, spiritual energies which by their coalition
constitute the Thing Itself.”
–Mary Austin on
Limited edition, one of only 950 copies signed and numbered by Ansel
Adams; a facsimile of the extremely rare 1930 edition of 108 copies
printed for Adams. Beautifully illustrated with 12 gravure
“With Taos Pueblo we see a commitment to light and form as the
essential building blocks of a picture. Every exposure was made in the
most brilliant sunshine which in turn created deep shadows. Sunlight and
shadow are at the same time the photographer’s friend and foe. Neither
films nor papers can record the two extremes of bright sun and deep
shadow equally well, and an unhappy tonal compromise is often the
result. Rich shadow detail is here realized simultaneously with delicate
highlights in a way that proves Adams’s native sense for the toughest
technical problems of the medium, and how to solve them.” -Weston J.
Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1977. Large folio, original
half-leather over linen boards, marbled endpapers; original slipcase.
Provenance: from the library of the noted German photographer
Michael Ruetz, with his neat stamp on copyright page. Tiny scrape to
spine; a fine copy. $2750.