Taos Pueblo by Ansel Adams
Signed Limited Edition – 924 of 950
Signed by Ansel Adams
This is a signed, limited edition of “Taos Pueblo” published by the New York Graphic Society, Boston in 1977. Originally published in 1930, “Taos Pueblo” was Ansel Adam’s first book and launched his career as arguably the greatest landscape photographer of our time. Featuring 12 gravure reproductions of Adams’s photographs as well as woodcut motifs by Valenti Angelo, this limited edition is a faithful reproduction of the original landmark book. ““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. Naef, The Metropolitan Museum Art.
Measuring approximately 18” x 13”, the book is a tall folio bound in original half tan calf with orange cloth boards, marbled endpapers, with the original matching slipcase. A total of 950 copies were signed and numbered by Ansel Adams with this being number 924. 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.
Cited in both “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” and “The Open Book”, “Taos Pueblo” is a landmark photobook and is considered by many to be the greatest pictorial representation of the American West.
Photographs of the book, signature/limitation page, and photographs contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.