Ansel Adams’ “Yosemite Valley, Winter” printed on Hills Bros Coffee Cans.
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Though some of Ansel’s artistic cohort ribbed him for ‘selling out,’ the coffee can print was just one of the many ways Ansel sought to use his photography to introduce the American public to the beauty of nature. Throughout his career, Ansel sought to take his fine art photography out of museums and galleries and into the lives of everyday people. With the publication of books, calendars, prints, and, yes, coffee cans, Ansel introduced millions of Americans to the joys of the great outdoors, seeking to instill a respect for the rugged landscapes that are every American’s heritage.
So when Imogen Cunningham, one of Ansel’s longtime collaborators and friends, delivered Ansel one of his coffee cans planted with a sprouting marijuana plant, fertilized generously with manure, Ansel good-naturedly accepted her gift of a “pot in a pot,” as she put it. Until his friend Henry Gilpin, the deputy sheriff of Monterrey County, spotted it and quietly suggested Ansel destroy the plant, which, of course, he did.
The Ansel Adams Gallery is pleased to offer “Yosemite Valley, Winter” as a Special Edition Silver Photograph. Ansel Adams began the Yosemite Special Edition Photograph series in 1958 to offer beautiful works of art as an affordable alternative to original photographs. Each 8×10 inch silver photograph is hand-crafted from the artist’s original negative by a master photographer according to Ansel’s guidance. Exclusive to The Ansel Adams Gallery, Special Edition Photographs celebrate Ansel’s tribute to Yosemite’s grandeur.