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Ansel Adams: Landscapes of the American West Hardcover – April 1, 2011

2.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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This is a beautiful book ... massive both in content and style; a lot of book for your money - Refresh magazine.

About the Author

Lauris Morgan-Griffiths is a journalist and writer specializing in art, design, and photography and has written numerous articles on photography and collecting contemporary and vintage prints.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847246591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847246592
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on April 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Disappointed is what I most feel about this huge (17 X 14.2 inches--224 pages) formatted coffee table book. My reaction surprises me because I'm a big fan of Ansel Adams and even attended one of the great photographer's workshops in Carmel, CA.
The paper used to print this book simply didn't seem to capture the quality of an Ansel Adams black and white photograph. While the book was well laid out in six different categories--"Sky, Rock, Water, Structure, Plant and Life," unfortunately, there weren't that many really drop-dead images included in the 120 photographs taken mostly during the 1930's and 1940's. The images didn't sing. In many cases they seemed monotonous and boring. As would be expected in a book of National Park Landscapes, there weren't many photographs of people--even though a couple of the ones that included humans were among the most interesting. Perhaps the missing quality is due to the fact that most of the original negatives were lost? The books reproductions were made mostly from a set of signed exhibition prints he denoted to the Interior Department and these were later transferred to the National Achieves in Maryland. The original plan had called for many of them to be reproduced as murals.
To me, the single most interesting picture in the book was the closing picture that showed Indians preparing for a dance and was entitled "Dance, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, 1938." The inclusion of that picture screamed out for more from that particular series, but alas, none were included.
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Format: Hardcover
The book looks very promising, it is big and heavy.
Something that A.Adams fan would like to have at the bookshelf.
Unfortunately the printing quality is really poor. There are actually no tones on the high lights. The next tone after light gray is pure white! The pictures just does not justify quality of Adams's prints.

Save your money and get some other book. One of those older books that has good quality in print reproduction.
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Format: Hardcover
Having seen his original images, having studied in his Yosemite archives, and owning most of the Ansel Adams books published through Little Brown, the "official" publisher of Adams' works, I found this book extremely disappointing. Because the book is over-sized doesn't mean that its quality should be less. To do Adams' images proper justice, at minimum a duotone printing should be applied. In this case, not only are the images monotone, but the quality and contrast are unevenly applied. The construct of the book, adding a gutter through the midst of images, detracts. Forget that some of the "factual" information is wrong, the book should stand alone on image quality. This fails miserably.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has one HUGE design flaw that makes paging through it painful. Almost every single photo has the binding crease going through it. The only images that I can bear to look at are the ones that take up 2 full pages because then the crease is understandable. The crease on all of the other photos is about 1/5th of the way from the edge. I am tempted to cut the pages out and tape them together. I think the author probably wanted to make the images larger but I think having 1 full smaller print would be way better than butchering the photos like that. If this book were printed in landscape orientation then all of these problems would be solved. However if you don't have any appreciation for proportions, then the distortion caused by the crease may not bother you much. List price: $40, Value: $7.
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