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Spotlight shines on Adams classic photography

Legendary images on display at Northwest Portland gallery
by: , Rare original Ansel Adams prints, such as this “Oak tree, snow storm, Yosemite Valley, California” silver print from 1948, will be showcased at Hartman Fine Art for the month of November.

Rare original prints are featured in the new exhibit at the Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 'Ansel Adams: Photographs 1920s-1960s.'

Ansel Adams is an American legend, and these prints focus on Adams' rich career - many of his classic images and some of the lesser known gems.

Adams' images surveyed the grandeur of the American West and played an important role in its continued preservation.

Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902 and died in nearby Monterrey in 1984 at age 82. Adams helped develop the 'Zone System' as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those who he taught the system.

His work has been popular among collectors, as well as in calendars, posters and books.

The exhibit's opening reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. on First Thursday, Nov. 4. The exhibit can be viewed from Nov. 2 to 27 at Charles A. Harman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave. For more info, go to hartmanfineart.net.

- Jason Vondersmith