Printmasters: The Great Assistants of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was not only a great artist and craftsman, but an historically important photographer, as a founding member of Group f64 (along with Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and others). Beginning in 1946 Adams took on assistants who helped with a range of his projects, but perhaps most significantly he taught them how to print his photographs, and under his guidance became master printers, like him. Of the six men who were Adams’ full time assistants between 1946 and his death in 1984, all were accomplished photographers in their own right. These guys are the models for our current Neomodern “printmasters.”

Pirkle Jones (1946-1956)

Don Worth (1956-1960)

Ted Orland (1971 to 1974)

Alan Ross (1974-1979)

John Sexton (1979 to 1982)

Chris Ranier (1980-1984)

"Ansel''s influence had less to do with technique than the idea that art is your way of life," says Ranier. "Ansel lived his entire life wrapped up in photography and creating art, and his message to me was that life and art are very internal and spiritual. I''m using photography both to create art and beautiful photos that celebrate life, and as a social tool to motivate people to save what''s left of the planet."

Neomodern is pleased to have in our collection dozens of amazing prints by these great photographers; here are a few of our favorites:


Pirkle Jones

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Don Worth

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John Sexton

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Ted Orland

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