Postcard From Ansel Adams


written by: David Vestal

While throwing out old papers, I saw and saved this postcard. My letter to him is lost, but I can reconstruct my questions, and interpret his answers: Q. 1. How do you test the washing of your prints? A. 1. He meant the Kodak HT-2 silver nitrate stain test for residual hypo. A very light stain, or, preferably, no visible stain, indicates a good wash, the kind people call archival. Q. 2. I asked about the chemical stability of the Stoeller mount board he used. Someone told me that it tested acidic, which, if true, means it’s not good for Read more »