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A Tribute to Ansel Adams: 100 years of photographing Yosemite

Photographs by Charles Cramer Joe Cornish & Dave Chalmers

17 November - 23 December

2016 marks the centenary of Ansel Adam’s first ever photographic trip to Yosemite National Park in California, as a young boy with his Brownie box camera.

It is fitting therefore, that our last exhibition of 2016 is a tribute to his photography and the iconic images of Yosemite. Featuring work by Joe Cornish and Scraborough based photographer and printer David Chalmers, we are also delighted to be exhibiting work by American landscape photographer Charles Cramer.

Charles was a friend of Ansel Adams and not only learned from and worked with Adams, but also still exhibits and leads workshops at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite.

Speaking about Charles ahead of the exhibition, Joe Cornish said:

"Charles Cramer is one of America’s greatest living landscape photographers, an artist whose poetic vision of colour in the western landscape has inspired thousands of fans, collectors, students and photographers. He also has a unique experience of printing colour having mastered dye transfer, the ultimate form of analogue photographic print-making. He has brought all that experience to digital technology, and the subtlety and beauty of his digital prints is unsurpassed.

As a young man Charles Cramer attended a number of Ansel Adams workshops, and found common cause with Adams… a fellow pianist. They remained friends until Ansel’s death in 1984. Charlie has collaborated with Ansel’s one-time assistant and technical adviser, John Sexton, on workshops for many years. His prints may be found in the Ansel Adams gallery in Yosemite (as well as many others), and Yosemite has been the primary inspiration for his photography, and is the base for many of his workshops.

We are hugely privileged to have him as a visiting master of photography.”


The exhibition runs here at the gallery from 17th November to 24th December.


Young pine, Ragged Peak, Upper Young Lake, Yosemite by Charles Cramer