A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 3, 1979

Photographer David Hume Kennerly first met Photographer Ansel Adams in 1974, when Kennerly was President Gerald Ford's personal photographer at the White House. Struck by the haunting landscapes in Ansel Adams: Images 1923-1974, Kennerly brought the volume to the President's attention. Ford asked Adams for one of his prints and, at Kennerly's suggestion, invited the artist to preside over its installation in the President's private office.

Since then, Ford's two favorite photographers have met several times, both at Adams' home on the oceanside cliffs of Carmel, Calif., and at Kennerly's townhouse in Washington, D.C. Kennerly has acquired three Ansel Adamses, and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!