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Ansel Adams types a letter about how well his first workshop went and to offer encouragement for a new book. Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel," 1p, 6x4¼. Yosemite, California, 1970 July 10.

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Ansel Adams types a letter about how well his first workshop went and to offer encouragement for a new book.
Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel," 1p, 6x4¼. Yosemite, California, 1970 July 10. On the message portion of the verso of a postcard picturing his b/w photograph of Old Faithful Geyser. To Nicholas Dean, Esq., River Road, Newcastle, Maine. In full: "I know I am a bum for not writing you, but I AM a bum, and I know it! Workshops went with success. I am starting the 2nd one on the 12th (Santa Cruz). Otherwise, swamped! Your news sounds fine!! Cheers for the Book! Hope you all are well and chipper. I hear good things! Shhhh! I am getting FED UPPPP with 90% of the photography I see. Terrible craft, sick images, Dinintegration (sic), Dispair (sic), Djunk! (sic) What do we do about it? Luff (sic) to you and all." Real sloppy "Ansel" signature. Marked "AIR" in red ink by Adams. Six-cent American Bald Eagle stamp and pair of two-cent Frank Lloyd Wright stamps, postmarked Yosemite National Park, California, July 10, 1970. For over ten years, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), who is known for his photographs featuring America's natural beauty, was the publicity photographer for the Curry Company, which operates seven hotels in Yosemite National Park. In 1955, Adams initiated yearly photographic educational workshops at Yosemite that continued for 26 years (1955-1981). He moved the workshops to his home in Carmel in 1982, and they continue yearly as an Ansel Adams legacy by The Friends of Photography. At Yosemite, where Adams captured nature on film for over 60 years, he lectured on wilderness conservation and appreciation, as well as visualization in the art of photography. Much of Adams' professional photographic life was spent at Yosemite, where the Ansel Adams Gallery, formerly Best's Studio, is located (a different photographic exhibit is featured each month). Adams published approximately 40 books, including My Camera in National Parks (1950) and Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979). An ardent conservationist, he was a director of the Sierra Club from 1936-1973. He and his wife, Virginia, also had another, more intimate reason for their fondness for Yosemite; they were married there on January 2, 1928. NICK DEAN worked for Polaroid. In 1949, Adams had become a consultant for the newly formed company. Fine condition.

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