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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72 Ansel Adams images on display in Myrtle Beach

This March 14, 2014 photo shows a photo exhibit entitled, “In Focus: Ansel Adams” at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Toward the end of his life, photographer Ansel Adams pored over thousands of negatives he’d carefully kept since his teens and set aside 70 that he considered his best works of art. He offered to sell sets of 25, with strings attached: Adams would select 10 and let buyers choose the other 15; the images printed by Adams himself could never be resold, only left to a museum. The few dozen who made the cut included the late Leonard and Marjorie Vernon, whose collection was given to the J. Paul Getty Museum and is the centerpiece of “In Focus: Ansel Adams.” (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – A collection of iconic images by nature photographer Ansel Adams is going display in Myrtle Beach.

The exhibit opens at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum on Tuesday and continues through Sept. 21.

A touring exhibit is from the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences of Peoria, Illinois in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.

The collection includes 72 black and white images Adams printed for his daughter. It is part of a portfolio he conceived in the 1970s as the best images from his career

Most of the images are landscapes, but there are also close-up nature works, portraits and architectural subjects.

An opening reception is being held on Tuesday with a talk by Andrea Stillman, Adams’ former assistant and author of a book on Adams.

Ansel Adams exhibit shows the artist’s great works

There is a small bridge on Sentinel Drive in Yosemite National Park that, on any given summer evening, will be crowded with photographers.

The ones on the front row staked out their position midday, willing to wait hours until the late-afternoon light washes over the majestic granite slab of Half Dome, the object of everyone’s focus. The photographers line up two and three deep; latecomers will have to stand on the river banks or in the water, and they willingly do so. They are all after the same photograph, a clear shot at Half Dome.

Never mind that the herd of photographers is standing on a bridge built in 2000 or that the shutterbugs are using digital cameras or camera phones, not the Hasselblad that Ansel Adams used in December 1960 to get his famous Moon and Half Dome.

They are there in homage to the great American photographer to get their own, poor facsimile of the monolith Adams photographed for decades. This is Adams’ legacy — crowds of photographers wanting to emulate him, millions of tourists visiting the wilderness areas he held dear and a portfolio of the greatest landscape photographs of the 20th century.

He championed photography as an art form throughout his life. His efforts on behalf of the environment and preservation of the national parks and wilderness areas were tireless. After his death, a wilderness area near Yosemite and a mountain were named for him. But it is his spectacular black-and-white photographs that are his most indelible legacy.

A selection of what he considered his very best are on view in “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” at the Arlington Museum of Art through Aug. 3. Shortly before his death in 1984, he chose 75 photographs that spanned his output from 1923 to 1968, printed them, and offered them for sale to collectors for $30,000 (now valued at $2.5 million) with the stipulation that they could never be sold, only donated to museums.

About 10 “Museum Sets” were made before his death; two are owned by his children. The group on display in Arlington, edited to 48 for exhibition, is owned by Turtle Bay Exploration Park of Redding, Calif.


Internment of Japanese-Americans, Seen Through The Lens Of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is renowned for his stunning, black-and-white photographs of landscapes in the American West. But, in 1943, he documented one of the most shameful events in U.S. history.

In commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Library of Congress (LOC) blog directs readers to an online set of rare photographs that Adams donated to the Library between 1965 and 1968, placing no copyright restrictions on their use.

As the LOC notes:

Several months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to “relocation centers” by the United States government, which had declared war on Japan.

Documents accompanying the Adams online photo collection say the evacuation “struck a personal chord” with Adams after an ailing family employee was taken from his home to a faraway hospital. When Ralph Merritt, director of the Manzanar War Relocation Center, invited Adams to document camp life, he welcomed the opportunity. He shot more than 200 photos, mostly portraits, but also scenes from daily camp life with the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains often visible in the background.

Adams told an interviewer in 1974 that “from a social point of view,” his Manzanar photos were the “most important thing I’ve done or can do, as far as I know.” read more