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on December 4, 2016
The images in this book are remarkable both for their beauty and the insight they give into the mind of a great artist. Excellent color film, most notably Kodachrome, was available pretty much from the beginning of Adam's career. He simply preferred not to use it. This was not because there is anything "special" or "magical" or "oh, so artistic" about black and white photographs. Adams considered his primary artistry to be in the darkroom making the print, with the negative just a means to that end. Transparency film in general, and especially Kodachrome, relies on getting the image correct at the moment the shutter is fired. If it is wrong at that instant nothing can be done in the darkroom to fix it.
Black and white photography has its place, but that place is not landscapes or nature. The essence of nature is color and no amount of skilled composition or talent in the darkroom can resurrect the sterile, bleak, desolate, and lifeless black and white landscapes normally associated with Adams. The images in this book leap off the page with dimensions of complexity and beauty completely lacking from Adam's typical work. The tonal rendering may seem a bit dark or retro to those used to more modern processes, but it is very faithful to Kodachrome's look.