Preserving wilderness

Ansel Adams, Sierra Juniper – Mount Hooper, ca. 1929 (306.1991)

Ansel Adams, Minarets, Iceberg Lake, ca. 1929 (315.1991)

Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Party on Mount Ritter, ca. 1929 (319.1991)

Ansel Adams, Mount Conness – Tenaya Lake, ca. 1929 (324.1991)

Ansel Adams, Monolith – The Face of Half Dome, ca. 1929 (325.1991)

Made while trekking for a month through the Sierra Nevada on a Sierra Club High Trip, these photos, and nineteen more, were self published in 1929 in an edition of 25, titled: Sierra Club Outing, 1929. The prints are gelatin silver “Parmelian” prints on thin, translucent, cream colored Kodak Vitava Athena Parchment T paper. The annual Sierra Club outings began in 1901.

In 1992 a selection of these prints were exhibited at ICP. Some of these photos were made in what is now known as The Ansel Adams Wilderness.

“The Ansel Adams Wilderness is dotted with sparkling lakes, glacially sculpted gorges, and imposing peaks. Originally protected as wilderness by the 1964 Wilderness Act, it was first called the Minarets Wilderness. Renamed to honor Ansel Adams in 1984, it spreads over 230,258 acres, ranging in altitude from about 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet.”

There’s a global climate strike on Friday September 20, and a United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, 2019.

Ansel Adams, Rainbow Falls, ca. 1929 (312.1991)

Approximate locations of where the 25 photos in the “Sierra Club Outing, 1929,” portfolio were made.

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