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The Negative - Ansel Adams, Robert Hardy Baker

Adams was renowned for the exquisite quality of his prints, and it's easy to see why he achieved such magnificent results from this series of books; he was a consummate perfectionist who spent a lifetime honing his craft.

Some of the principles in this book apply exclusively or mainly to black and white film photography, some are more widely applicable. Adams' presentation is extremely clear and easy to understand, his style is unaffected yet engaging, and his choice of images to illustrate each technique or principle is always interesting and sometimes inspiring. This is an exemplary textbook!