THE TOM FROST COLLECTION
FrostworksClimbing.com presents photographs from Yosemite Valley’s storied climbing history. In celebration of half a century of Yosemite big wall climbing, these images from the Tom Frost Collection are being offered as fiber exhibition gelatin silver prints, and as custom RC prints, for fine art collectors and residents of Camp 4 alike, for the first time.
Fiber exhibition prints are handmade by Peter Fairfield, Gamma Black and White Photographic Lab, on Ilford fiber base glossy paper. Archival processing includes selenium toning. The prints are mounted and overmatted by Tom Frost on Light Impressions 4-ply Westminster Rag Board and are signed by Tom.
|Print 8 x 10||Mat 11 x 14||Unframed $ 400|
|11 x 14||16 x 20||600|
|16 x 20||22 x 28||1000|
Custom RC prints are handmade by Sheila Ryan, Gamma Photographic, on Ilford RC Delux paper with pearl finish. All prints are signed by Tom and accompanied by the story behind the pictures.
|Image approx. 7 x 10||Paper 11 x 14||Unframed $ 100|
Tom Frost’s name conjures for us that spirit of the Golden Age of Yosemite rock climbing when adventure was in the air and the style of the ascent was what counted. In the early 1960s, Frost made ascents of the Nose, the Salathé Wall, and the North America Wall of El Cap with pioneers Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Yvon Chouinard.
Robbins was the prima facie leader of Yosemite’s Golden Age. He showed us a style for climbing El Capitan. Chuck Pratt, a beloved Camp 4 personality, displayed uncanny virtuosity on the rock. As Chouinard once asked, "Did anyone ever see Chuck’s foot slip?" We don’t think so. Chouinard was unofficial philosopher for the Camp 4 community. He and Frost also worked together to design and produce much of the climbing hardware that is still in use today. In his younger years Tom Frost raced sailboats at Newport Harbor, then went on to study mechanical engineering and rock climbing at Stanford University. It was he who, on all of their El Cap climbs, carried his Leica screw mount camera, with 50mm collapsible Elmar lens, and up to 30 rolls of black and white film.
Adventures they did have together, and this is the photographic record, The Tom Frost Collection, stories from Yosemite’s Golden Age.