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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 7 July 2012
This is possibly one of the largest single-volume collections of Adam's photography.

Amongst its photographs, the vast majority being the grand landscapes in which he excelled and which most would expect to be present, are a few surprises. There are a few scattered portraits or character studies which are very atypical. They could be classic Edward Weston, but the book is not about him!

The book is brilliantly printed and the text is very much subservient to its wonderful imagery. Knowing just how demanding and controlling Adams was about the reproduction of his images, I would like to think that he would have approved of this book. It has a brief Introduction by Andrea Stillman who had once worked with Adams in the 70s before moving to MOMA, so she would have known him quite well. There is a useful bibliography to close, that may help find other Adams publication should you choose.

There is a good appendix at the back which not only provides a reduced-scale version of the image but a segment of Adams notes and writings that relate to it. His note taking was extensive and allowed him to control what he did in the future to such a degree that he could exactly reproduce the exposure in the event that something had gone wrong previously or modify it so as to improve upon it in some way. Extracts from those notes have been separately published in addition to the other instructional and image-oriented books of and by Adams.

Whatever the title etc, you cannot make a series error in purchasing any book of Adams' photography. This is no exception. For his landscape work alone, it is a masterwork worthy of study by today's photographers. For those, consider the relative few non-landscape images as a bonus. For the photographer in general, you are seeing a master at work. There has not been a landscape photographer better than Adams; Weston comes close but not quite matching, although his nature photography is supreme.

For those reasons, this book is very highly recommended.
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on 9 March 2015
A must have for anyone interested in landscape photography. Well laid out, well chosen selection of photographs and no heavy reading. The page size and print quality of the book is as expected at this price point. My only minor complaint is that I would have liked to see better utilisation of the page space with larger pictures and smaller borders, particularly at the beginning of the book but also throughout the entire book. It doesn't matter if his early pictures are not very sharp, this is no reason to print them so tiny.
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on 12 November 2017
Although I have several books of Adams images this is still a great addition. Print quality is good and if you want one book that brings together his best work it's difficult to beat this. A slightly larger format would have made this a 5 star review.
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on 18 March 2018
Marvellous! So many beautiful plates reproduced here. Some of Adams' most iconic images plus other less know ones. Well worth the money.
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on 6 January 2016
Excellent Value for Money. Item exactly as described.
A superb Collection of Chronological Images from the Master Himself.
So many wonderful images that justify his reputation for Technique and Composition.
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on 28 March 2014
Ansel Adams' awe inspiring photographs have been the major inspiration & influence informing my minor attempts at capturing nature in all it's glory. He is the master, I'm just an eager student but I can see the influences in my small scale efforts - he did vast American mountain ranges, I do Welsh hills, he did lakes & rivers, I do ponds & streams, but I can see for certain echoes of his influence in my photographs. That belief has been enhanced by the purchase of this excellent compilation of his wonderous images. I have many larger prints of his work on the walls of my house but while this book doesn't provide the same visual impact the compact nature of this book gives me opportunity to study in detail the composition of the images in order to hopefully further develop my skills. To have so many iconic images in one volume is the ideal companion for anyone who appreciates the true genius of Ansel Adams & an essential purchase.
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on 18 January 2016
High quality book and paper, thick leafed and great binding.
Don't look at it all at one sitting - you become desensitized to its beauty.
Restrict yourself to 2 or 3 pages a day so you can relish it all the more.
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on 1 April 2017
I love this book keep looking at the images and it gives me idea for what I want to get out of my landscape photography. Wonderful book for someone's birthday if they are a photographer.
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on 15 October 2017
Really beautiful book. Makes you want to see really big prints.
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on 18 April 2018
The perfect book along with Genesis lol
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