Next to Yosemite and the High Sierra, the Southwest was closest to Ansel Adams' heart. It was there, in the early 1930s, that he met photographer Paul Strand and decided to make photography his life's work. In this volume, roughly one quarter of the photographs, selected and edited by Adams' longtime editor Andrea Stillman, are little-known images of the Grand Canyon. The balance of the images portrays the variety and stark beauty of the southwestern landscape, from Texas to Death Valley in California. The pictures are complemented by an introduction by Andrea Stillman and a selection of Adams' vivid letters about the region.
Adams' career spanned over five decades: he was America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most respected environmental leaders. Andrea Stillman worked with Adams in the 1970s and is the editor of many of his books published since his death, most recently Ansel Adams' California.