Ansel Adams is a distinct paradigm of the American West from his wild adventures to his modern methods and embrace of technology, along with his romanticizing of the open spaces and their vernacular — and all the way down to his bolo and white stetson. He came of age in San Francisco during the early parts of the twentieth century, a time that saw two competing worlds clash as the final days of a frayed frontier gave up ground to an increasingly mechanized world. As a curious witness, it is no less important that Ansel found his artist’s voice by interpreting this old landscape through a recent advancement in technology — the camera. He never relented documenting the architecture, people and mountains as they fluxed and flexed, while he walked a figurative tightrope between these old and new worlds — both of which he recognized as being significant to society.
Looking West will honor the determination of spirit of Ansel Adams within his unique place in history by displaying a variety of hand made photographs from his lifetime. These images will showcase a wide range of subjects and materials and will include early works from the 1920’s to others completed towards the end of his life, as well as pieces from some of his last organized portfolios. This exhibition will open at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village on January 8th, 2018 and run through February 24th, 2018.