Saturday, March 12, 2011

Alan Ross

"Triangle Rock," (c) Alan Ross

"Fence and Farm Buildings," (c) Alan Ross

"Arches, Ming Tombs," (c) Alan Ross

"Corn Lilly," (c) Alan Ross

"White Fence and Tree," (c) Alan Ross

"Mosca House," (c) Alan Ross


Alan Ross has earned an international reputation as a specialist in the art of black-and-white photography – as an artist, educator and master printer.  He was Ansel Adams’ Photographic Assistant in Carmel from 1974 to 1979, and was integrally involved with Adams’ books, teaching in Yosemite, and production of fine prints.  He has been exclusive printer of Ansel Adams’ Special Edition negatives for over thirty-five years and over the span of that time has made over ninety thousand prints from Adams’ negatives.

He operated a commercial photography studio in San Francisco for twelve years with projects ranging from ads and world-wide campaigns for the Bank of America to landscape murals for the National Park Service.  He relocated to Santa Fe in 1993 to devote more of his energies to his personal work, teaching, and work for select clients, including Boeing, Nike, IBM, and MCI.

His photography hangs in collections and galleries throughout the country and internationally, and he has led workshops in locations from Yosemite to China.

In spite of his time spent with Ansel Adams and his ongoing involvement with Adams’ work, Alan considers himself something of a Zone System heretic.  It’s perfectly all right to make your own rules, and the Zone System is not the Zen System.  And neither are for everyone!

Alan regards himself as a classicist with regard to his photographic approach, but not a purist.  His work in the last twenty-five years has been mostly with an 8×10 view camera, but he has no philosophical objection to digital photography or “point-and-shoot” cameras.  He has one and likes it very much.  The 8×10 is getting bigger and heavier every day.

He used to object to being pigeonholed as a Landscape Photographer, when the truth was that he liked photographing all sorts of things.  Since his hair started to fall out he’s mellowed a bit and he doesn’t mind being called a Landscape Photographer because he still photographs whatever he wants – it’s just that he’s encountered a number of landscapes that needed photographing!

Galleries and Dealers:

Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art, San Francisco; Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite ; Halsted Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Gallery 798, Beijing, China


Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga TN; Exchange Bank, Chicago IL; Polaroid Corporation; Yale Museum of Art; K-Mart Corporation; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson AZ; AT&T; Western Electric Co.; Rochester Institute of Technology; Insulectro/Quintec Corp.; Seagate Technology; Bank of America; Pacific Telesis Corp.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum, Kaiser Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Kalamazoo Museum of Art, and other public and private collections.

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