US Postal Service Honors Ansel Adams with Commemorative Stamps

The US Postal Service will release 16 commemorative stamps featuring Ansel Adams' iconic photographs on May 15, 2024. A first-day issue ceremony will be held at Yosemite National Park, near the Ansel Adams Gallery, to unveil the stamps.

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US Postal Service Honors Ansel Adams with Commemorative Stamps

US Postal Service Honors Ansel Adams with Commemorative Stamps

The US Postal Service is set to release a series of 16 commemorativestampsfeaturing iconic photographs by renowned American landscape photographer Ansel Adams on May 15, 2024. The stamps will be unveiled at a first-day issue ceremony in Yosemite National Park, near the Ansel Adams Gallery where Adams worked for decades.

The stamps showcase some of Adams' most famous black and white photographs, including breathtaking images of Yosemite Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other majestic western landscapes from the Grand Tetons to Monument Valley, Arizona. This marks the first tribute to Adams' work by the Postal Service, with 20 million stamps set to be printed.

Matthew Adams, Ansel Adams' grandson, expressed the significance of this honor, stating, "It's an incredible honor for Ansel. It shows that his popularity continues 40 years after he passed. His work resonates across time. He would be excited and honored." The stamps were selected in collaboration with the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, with Derry Noyes, an art director at the Postal Service, working closely with the trust to choose the 16 featured photographs.

Ansel Adams, born in San Francisco in 1902, is synonymous with Yosemite National Park, where he pioneered many of his groundbreaking photography techniques in the 1930s and 1940s. His work is celebrated for its sharp focus, high contrast, and complex darkroom craftsmanship. Adams often used large format cameras on a tripod mounted to a platform he built on the roof of his 1940s-era Woody station wagon to capture his iconic images.

Throughout his career, Adams worked tirelessly to advocate for the establishment of new national parks and the preservation of America's natural wonders. His photographs played a crucial role in conservation efforts, helping to secure the passage of the California Coastal Commission in 1972. In recognition of his immense contributions to the arts and conservation, Adams was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

The May 15, 2024 first-day issue ceremony at Yosemite National Park is expected to draw over 400 stamp collectors, photographers, and fans of Adams' work. The event will take place at 11 am near the Ansel Adams Gallery, where Adams worked for many years. This commemorative stamp release not only celebrates the enduring legacy of Ansel Adams but also highlights the power of photography to inspire a deeper appreciation for the natural world.