Altered Visions and Changing Vistas

Ansel Adams, the master photographer of the American West, made small, soft-edged prints early in his career and high-contrast, large-scale prints later on. Michael Mattis, who with his wife, Judith Hochberg, owns the 41 early Adams prints (1920s to 1950s) now at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, compares the early prints to chamber music and the later ones to brass bands.

Ansel Adams’ Granddaughter to Speak at ‘Ding’ Darling

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Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly of California’s Yosemite National Park. As an environmental activist, he used his work to promote conservation of wilderness areas. One of his earliest books “Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada” contained text written by Sierra Club founder John Muir.

Adam’s iconic black-and-white images helped to elevate photography to a fine art, with his photos of Glacier National Park, Old Faithful Geyser and the High Sierra.

In 1984, the year he died, the U.S. Geologlical Society sanctioned the Ansel Adams Wilderness area, covering 100,000 acres between Yosemite National Park and the John Muir Wilderness Area. read more at

Ansel Adams’ Son to Open Photo Exhibit’s West Coast Premiere

The son of Ansel Adams, whose photos helped expand the national park system, will attend the opening festivities of the West Coast premiere of “Fragile Waters.”

The traveling display of 119 photographs, many not previously exhibited, will be at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and feature black and white images by environmentalists Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly.

Book review: ‘Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park at 150’

From age 14, photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams (1902–1984) visited Yosemite Valley annually.

Adams once said: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

An In-Depth History of Group f.64

In 1967, a 20-year-old photography student went to a workshop featuring several of her idols, four of the original members of the famed Group f.64: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Brett Weston and Willard Van Dyke. The experience changed her life.

Market Snapshot: Ansel Adams

Landscape photographer and environmental activist Ansel Adams’s lucid black and white photographs of the American wilderness helped establish photography as a legitimate art form. A half-century later, there is still an unimpeachable interest in his work at virtually any price point.

“Ansel’s work seems to be sort of a ‘gold standard’ in the photography market,” the artist’s grandson Matthew Adams, president of the Ansel Adams Gallery, told artnet via email. “His work has appreciated, and does fluctuate with the market in general, but doesn’t see the extreme highs and lows that we sometimes see with other photographers’ work.”

Through the eyes of his son

The beauty of the American West is immortalized in the landscape photography of Ansel Adams, who was one of the most influential American photographers, and through his photography, one of the country’s most important environmentalists.

8 Ansel Adams Photos of L.A.’s Changing Food World in the 1940s

In 1939, Fortune magazine asked Ansel Adams to get some photos of the burgeoning aviation industry in L.A. Like any good photographer, however, Adams found his attention wandering, and wound up with 217 photos of everyday life in the city, which he would later donate to the Los Angeles Public Library. Below, eight of his photos that capture what the food world was like in L.A. at that time, from food trucks to candy stores. read more


Employees at the Lockheed factory in Burbank lined up at 1941’s version of a food truck. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection

Display interprets ‘Fragile Waters’

Art show celebrates Ansel Adams and ‘softest of elements which carves the land’

Tetons and Snake River by Ansel Adams

Water, precious water, is the unifying theme of a new photography exhibition at the Massillon Museum.

The 117 black and white photographs filling the main-floor gallery explore water as a resource, a habitat and a force of nature. There are images of clouds, rivers, geysers and icebergs. Rock formations caused by water. Driftwood. Aquatic plant life. Sea lions.

“Water is the softest of elements, and it also carves the land,” observed Jeanne Falk Adams, who curated this touring exhibition, titled “Fragile Waters.” It will open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and remain on view through Sept. 14.

For the exhibition, Adams selected vivid water-themed photographs by her late father-in-law, Ansel Adams, along with similarly impressive work by two other devoted nature photographers. Dorothy Kerper Monnelly is known for capturing the marshes of Massachusetts. Ernest H. Brooks II captures underwater landscapes, and more recently, the icebergs of Antarctica using infrared photography.

“Some are quiet and serene, some are active and exciting,” she said of the show’s varied imagery. Adams intermingled the three photographers’ work because, “Putting them together starts to give you a comprehensive idea of the beauty, the power, the scarcity of water.

“It’s a show about water, and they are the interpreters.”

The former CEO of the Ansel Adams Gallery located in Yosemite National Park, Adams “was asked by Photokunst to create this show as a response to the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as an antidote,” she said. “It shows the opposite of the contamination — clear, pure, revitalizing water.”
Adams hope for “Fragile Waters” is that gallery visitors “will feel connected, a sense of comfort, inspiration, responsibility, advocacy.”

To the world, Ansel Adams is a brilliant nature photographer and conservationist.
To Jeanne Falk Adams, he was those things and much more. Ansel, who died in 1984, was the father of her husband, Michael Adams.
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