Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

Pursuing his photography career, Adams received assistance from Albert Bender the art patron from San Francisco who told Adams that he would help him circulate a portfolio of his work. One of the last images needed to complete the project was of the Half Dome, a sheer granite summit in Yosemite that extends 5000 feet above the valley. The image, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, became one of his best-known works to date.

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