Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras

by Ansel Easton Adams

Generously donated to The Weston Scholarship Education Fund by John D. Crossman in 2016


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This collection was the first publication of a portfolio by Ansel Adams, produced not long after he decided to become a professional photographer, and has since been called "a landmark work in twentieth-century photography. 

As a member of the Sierra Club in the 1920s, Adams joined the Club's annual month-long High Trips in the Sierra in addition to making several trips on his own. During these trips he captured large-format black-and-white images of many of the region's well-known features, including King's River Canyon, Muir Gorge, the pinnacles at the headwaters of King's River, Mount Brewer, The Black Kaweah, Mount Ritter, the Minarets, the area around South Fork of the San Joaquin and Evolution Valley. The best known of these images is Adams' first masterpiece: Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. The photographs he took on these trips became the core of the Parmelian Prints portfolio.

Adams himself printed each of the images for the portfolios on Kodak Vitava Athena Grade T Parchment paper, which was both cream-colored and translucent due to the thinness of the paper. The prints measure 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" (14.6 x 19.7 cm) on sheets of 10" x 12" (25.4 cm x 30.5 cm).


This portfolio includes the following prints: 

Sierra Junipers
The Abode of Snow
Monolith, the Face of Half Dome
From Glacier Point
On the Heights
A Grove of Tamarack Pine
Mount Galen Clark
Mount Clarence King
Roaring River Falls
Marion Lake
El Capitan
Banner Peak - Thousand Island Lake
Mount Brewer
Kearsarge Pinnacles
The Sentinel
East Vidette
Lower Paradise Valley
Cloud and Mountain