Alan Ross is an internationally respected master photographer and educator who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant. He knows Adams’ approach and technique perhaps better than any other photographer today.
During Ross’ early professional days, a trio of mentors helped shape and refine his career. They were aerial photographic pioneer William Garnett, Ross’ photography professor at the University of California, Berkeley; San Francisco fine art and commercial photographer Milton Halberstadt, who gave Ross his first job as a photographic assistant; and the legendary Ansel Adams, with whom Ross worked for more than a decade and who eventually entrusted him to be the exclusive printer of the Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition print collection. (Ross continues this work today, still printing from Adams’ original negatives.)
As an artist, Alan Ross is best known for his tonally exquisite black-and-white photographs of the American west; his photographs hang in collections and galleries around the world.
As a photographic educator, he specializes in helping photographers at any level, and using all formats and styles, realize and express their photographic vision.
Alan Ross lives in visually captivating Santa Fe, where he pursues his own work, teaches one-on-one workshops in the art of seeing and master printing, and writes articles and blogs sharing his vast knowledge of the art and craft of photography.
He also continues to be the exclusive printer of the Yosemite Special Edition negatives, an assignment Adams selected him for personally in 1975. Alan makes each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques.