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Ansel Adams, Leica, and Yosemite in April 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

News Flash: Experience the Leica S2 in Yosemite!

Students attending my April Ansel Adams Gallery workshop, “Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Art of Seeing,” will have a rare opportunity to photograph with the Leica S2, a premier medium-format digital camera that retails for approximately $28,000 and was developed exclusively for digital photography. It’s based on a totally new image sensor that gives you 37.5 million pixels to work with, all with the size and handling of 35 mm.

Interested students will have a chance to use this state-of-the-art instrument as we visit some of Ansel Adam’s favorite spots in Yosemite and learn to connect his approach and mastery with today’s tools and technologies.

If you want to take your photography to new levels, better realize your photographic vision, learn to translate the literal to the expressive and use optics and exposure to best effect, join us!

Check out the Leica S2 here

Adams Trust and Norsigian Group Settlement

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE ANSEL ADAMS PUBLISHING RIGHTS TRUST, RICK NORSIGIAN AND PRS MEDIA PARTNERS, LLC REGARDING SETTLEMENT OF LITIGATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Francisco and Los Angeles, California

March 14, 2011

On August 23,2010, The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust filed a civil complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against PRS Media Partners, LLC and Rick Norsigian. On December 28, 2010, Rick Norsigian and PRS Media Partners filed a Counterclaim against the Trust in the same court.

The parties deny the validity of the claims brought against them. PRS Media and Norsigian believe that sixty five glass plate negatives purchased by Rick Norsigian were created by Ansel Adams, and prepared a report they believe authenticated the Negatives as being created by Ansel Adams. The Trust disputes the conclusions of the report and that the Negatives were created by Ansel Adams.

The parties have now agreed to resolve these disputes and have entered into a confidential settlement agreement in which each side assumes its own costs and fees in connection with the claims. Under said agreement, Rick Norsigian and PRS Media agree to not use Ansel Adams’ name or likeness or the ANSEL ADAMS trademark in connection with the sales, promotion or advertisement of negatives, prints, posters, or other merchandise based on negatives. Norsigian and PRS Media may continue to sell negatives, prints, posters and other merchandise associated with negatives, subject to a disclaimer approved by The Trust, and provided they do so in a manner consistent with state and federal law. Further, both parties have agreed not to make any defamatory statements about the other or unlawfully interfere in each other’s businesses. As a result of the agreement, the parties today submitted a joint request asking the Court to dismiss the complaint and counterclaim without prejudice.

New Galleries

Friday, November 19th, 2010

LUMAS  Launches Alan Ross Portfolio

SANTA FE, NM, October 2010 – Lumas, the world’s leading publisher of affordable art editions, recently added Alan Ross to its collection of prestigious artists.  A select number of Ross’ most iconic images are now available as limited edition, high-end digital prints in two sizes, 13.5” x 16.5” and 25” x 31.5”.

The photographs are all scenes of the American West, taken primarily in Yosemite National Park, a place Ross has been photographing for more than 40 years.

Dallas Gallery to Feature Ross

SANTA FE, NM, October 2010 – An exhibit of Alan Ross’ photography opens January 20, 2011, at the Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas.  Twenty-five images, including much of Ross’ architectural and abstract work, will be on display through March 5.  An opening reception is slated for Saturday, January 22, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  A one-day workshop is also planned in conjunction with the exhibit.  Details to be announced.

Lost Adams Plates Update

Friday, September 17th, 2010

“Lost” Adams Plates – a brief update from my point of view.  My last newsletter of July 27 stressed that those of us close to Ansel did not believe the work was his.  In the ensuing time significant issues have come to light suggesting the work is really that of a Fresno, California photographer named Earl Brooks.  Having had the chance to make careful comparisons of three “Brooks” images to three of the Norsigian plates, I do not believe there can be any question that the photographs were made at the same time by the same photographer with the same camera.

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Not being daunted by all this, the “Team Norsigian” has steadfastly contested the position of the Ansel Adams Trust, myself, and others that their Adams claim is bogus – however they have added the following caveat as a condition of purchasing one of the “lost” images:

DISCLAIMER TO PURCHASER

THIS DARKROOM/DIGITAL PRINT (OR POSTER WHEN APPLICABLE), IS SOLD AS IS. THE ANSEL ADAMS PUBLISHING RIGHTS TRUST (“ADAMS TRUST”) HAS NOT ENDORSED, CONDONED, SPONSORED, PARTICIPATED OR OTHERWISE APPROVED OF THE SALE OF THIS PRINT (POSTER WHEN APPLICABLE). FURTHER, THE ADAMS TRUST HAS NOT AUTHENTICATED THIS PRINT TO BE AN ORIGINAL, OR DERIVATIVE WORK OF ANSEL ADAMS OR ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH THE LATE ARTIST OR HIS TRUST.

THE EXPERT REPORT CITED ON THE “LOST NEGATIVES” WEBSITE (WWW.LOSTNEGATIVES.COM)
IS AN OPINION OF AUTHENTICITY AND IN NO WAY REPRESENTS A JUDICIALLY ENFORCEABLE OR GENERALLY ACCEPTED CERTIFICATE OR WARRANTY OF AUTHENTICITY. SELLER MAKES NO GUARANTEE AS TO THE AUTHENTICITY, OR PRESENT AND/OR FUTURE VALUE OF THE PRINT THAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO PURCHASE.

THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND AUTHENTICITY OF THE PRINT DESCRIBED ABOVE IS WITH THE BUYER.

I DO AGREE (continue to purchasing)
I DO NOT AGREE

Um, gee.  Certifiable prints that I make from Ansels negatives are available from the Ansel Adams Gallery – and you don’t even have to sign a release!  And they are $240, not $7500!