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The Ansel Adams Gallery® Awarded New Concession Contract in Yosemite National Park

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Date: March 4, 2010

Best's Studio, Inc. doing business as The Ansel Adams Gallery® in Yosemite National Park, was the awarded a new 10-year concession contract that became effective March 1, 2010.  The Ansel Adams Gallery® has been operating in the park since 1902, making them the oldest, family owned and operated concessioner in the National Park Service.  The Ansel Adams Gallery® is a photographic and art business with an emphasis on Ansel Adams and the history of art and photography in Yosemite.

In addition to selling Ansel Adams photography, the gallery also rents photographic equipment, sells photographic and art supplies, park related publications, and authentic American Indian handicrafts.  The gallery also provides instruction in photographic and artistic methods and complementary visitor education programs. 

Ansel Adams is inexorably associated with Yosemite and is recognized worldwide.  Images of Half Dome, Inspiration Point, and El Capitan made by Ansel Adams set photographic standards of the national parks that are still respected and admired today.

“We are pleased to offer this concession contract to The Ansel Adams Gallery®.  Art and photography are incredibly important to Yosemite, and all national parks, and there is no greater example than the work of Ansel Adams,” said Acting Yosemite Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

The Ansel Adams Gallery® is located in a historic building in Yosemite Village, where Ansel Adams lived and printed some of his iconic photographs.  The new concession contract runs through February 29, 2020.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.