Aspen Trees in Autumn
Aspen Trees in Autumn
Aspen Trees in Autumn

Don Worth

Aspen Trees in Autumn

New Mexico, 1958

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 9" x 11"
Mounted dimensions: 16" x 20"

Pristine condition

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Aspen Trees in Autumn
Aspen Trees in Autumn
Aspen Trees in Autumn



Original Gelatin Silver photograph individually handmade by Don Worth from large format sheet film with 11×14 inch fiber-based photographic paper. Signed in pencil in lower right corner with embossed artist stamp along lower edge and annotations in pencil on verso. Corner-mounted on 16×20 inch archival museum board.

Published Plate 8 in Close to Infinity (Photography West Graphics, 2005).


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In 1956, Worth was hired by Ansel Adams to be his full-time assistant at his San Francisco home and studio. He was entrusted with proofing negatives, spotting and mounting Adams’ photographs, testing equipment, correspondence, and house sitting when Adams was away. Between 1956-1960, Worth and Adams made several photographic trips together. Adams was on a commercial assignment for the Eastman Kodak Company to secure “Colorama” images for display in New York City’s Grand Central Station, when they traveled to Death Valley to photograph at Zabriskie Point. After completing this assignment, both photographers took the opportunity to make images for themselves of the “surreal” landscape. In addition, he accompanied Adams to New Mexico, where they both photographed the Aspen trees. Worth’s photograph of “Aspen Trees” was included in the exhibition, “The Photograph as Poetry,” at the Pasadena Museum of Art (now the Norton Simon Museum) in 1960.


don worth with his camera


The most popular black and white process of the 20th century was gelatin silver, in which the image consists of silver metal particles suspended in a gelatin layer. Gelatin silver papers are commercially manufactured by applying an emulsion of light-sensitive silver salts in gelatin to a sheet of paper coated with a layer of baryta, a white pigment mixed with gelatin. The sensitized paper, generally fiber-based, is exposed to light through a negative and then made visible in a chemical reducing solution. William Henry Fox Talbot introduced the basic chemical process in 1839, but the more complex gelatin silver process did not become the most common method of black-and-white darkroom photography until the late 1910s. Because the silver image is suspended in a gelatin emulsion that rests on a pigment-coated paper, gelatin silver can be sharply defined and highly detailed in comparison to platinum or palladium, in which the image is absorbed directly into the fibers of the paper.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper