A rare jewel has been rediscovered in the oeuvre of Ansel Adams. Known to only a few avid book collectors and museums, Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail is an extraordinary publication in many respects. Adams, at the age of thirty-five, was commissioned to prepare a book of his photographs taken along the John Muir Trail as a tribute to Pete Starr, a young American mountaineer killed in a climbing accident. Composed of fifty photographs - many never published in book form again - the book is an exquisite portrait of the mountain world of the California High Sierra. Little, Brown takes great pride in announcing a new edition of this magnificent publication. Included are Adams' foreword to the 19З8 edition and a new introduction by William A. Turnage that tells the fascinating and touching story behind the original book.
Ansel Adams was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Renowned for his images of the natural world, he photographed throughout America's national parks and wilderness areas.
William A. Turnage is managing trustee of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. From 1978 to 1985, Turnage served as president of The Wilderness Society. He worked closely with Ansel Adams as business manager and environmental associate.