Michael Adams, son of photographer Ansel Adams, to speak about father at Riverfront Museum

by Leslie Renken of the Journal Star April 6, 2013

winter-surise_fpThe son of world-famous photographer Ansel Adams, Michael Adams had an interesting childhood.

“It was a very different type of upbringing compared to my contemporaries at that time,” said Adams, 79, a retired doctor, during a recent telephone interview from his California home. “I had a lot of experiences that were quite satisfying and wonderful.”

Adams will speak at the Riverfront Museum April 14 during “Ansel Adams: A Son’s Perspective.” The lecture will be in the theater, where Ansel Adams’ iconic images will be projected onto the big screen. The event kicks off “Ansel Adams: Western Exposure,” an exhibit of photographs and personal items that will continue through Sept. 22. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the only Midwestern museum to host the show, which features items rarely seen publicly.

Adams was just 5 years old when he went on his first photographic expedition with his father. They went on an overnight camping trip to the mining ghost town of Bodie, Calif.

“It was my first camping trip,” said Adams. “I remember it was cold and I fell in the lake trying to get some water.” read more