Thought you'd want to know, Dept.: the Ansel Adams Gallery, in Yosemite Valley, in conjunction with the Adams family and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, have decided to issue a new kind of Adams print. Up till now, if you wanted an Ansel Adams print, you had three choices: original prints, modern prints limited to 8x10 inches in size, and offset posters. Now there's a fourth alternative: 12-ink archival inkjets in sizes up to 30x38".
The big advantage? Price. The new "Archival Replicas"—seven are being offered initially, with more to follow—sell for $129 to $849 (mounted and matted). "Technology has advanced to the point that we're now able to make reproductions of my grandfather's originals to extraordinarily exacting standards," says Matthew Adams. "We believe these are the best large-format reproductions of Ansel's work yet made."
So how good are they really? I haven't seen one. Sounds promising, though.