I feel that the Adams set goes to show how important good editing is for great photography. When I see a bulk of his work in such a state of loose editing and not up to his typical printing standards, I'm left somewhat underwhelmed.
Interesting you should mention that, Kip. We went to the San Jose art museum like two weeks ago and they had an exhibit of early Adams prints there (unrelated: they also had Jesus as a Dinosaur).
Aside from the frustrating loss of contrast from yellowing acid-based paper, I noticed just how unrefined his early stuff was. They actually had images of his that he revisited years later and are quite well known, but were some of his earliest negatives. It was crazy to see the treatment that he gave the same negatives after 15 more years of darkroom experience under his belt.
The guy really was a master in the darkroom.
enchanted afternoon [deleted]
9 years ago
Cool. Thanks for posting that Rich! I've been meaning to take a peak at his oeuvre for quite some time now.