Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is known for his sweeping black and white images of the natural world.  It has been thirty years since his passing, but fortunately his images live on.

Adams' life is the epitome of a second chance.  He started playing the piano seriously at the age of twelve, and for many years, strove to be an accomplished pianist.  Thwarted by his small hands, he faced reality, and shifted his focus to photography.

Adams was a purist when it came to photography.  He did not believe in making alterations to his images with filters or color, but he did use color on occasion.   Although we often think of his larger-than-life landscapes, one of his best still-life photographs is “Rose on Driftwood”.

Have you been, or are you planning to visit the Ansel Adams Exhibit?  It is currently at the 
Eiteljorg Museum.  You have until August 3rd to see 75 of his works on display.  In addition to the exhibit, the museum has several events scheduled that will be of interest to
photography enthusiasts.   

If you are interested in Adams, and want more resources, your library has the following:


He completed this book shortly before his death in 1984.  In “Ansel Adams: An Autobiography” you read his life story, interspersed with photographs on almost every page. He describes the struggle to include the newcomer of photography into the arts community.  You will also learn about his work with the Sierra Club.  Adams was one of our country's early conservationists, with a passion to preserve the beauty of the American West.

 “Looking at Ansel Adams” by Andrea Stillman is one of the latest books on the famous photographer.  The author knew Adams personally, and had worked with him on several projects.
She gives you the inside story of 20 of his most famous photographs.  You will gain insight into Adams' creative process.  The text adds the back story of each photograph, increasing the enjoyment of the images.

PBS has produced  "Ansel Adams: American Experience. This documentary features images of Adams' work and his writing.  In an attempt to get at the heart of what inspired him, the film follows in Adams' footsteps as he traveled around the America West, and shows footage of the actual sites of many of his iconic images.  

Adams was a pioneer in his field, and he gave us his images so we could appreciate the majestic landscapes that he loved. Whether you visit the exhibit or not, these resources will enhance your discovery of Ansel Adams' legacy.

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