Museum to showcase Ansel Adams images

by Roger McBain. Reprinted with permission from Evanville Courier & Press February 23, 2012

Renowned photographer’s work on display

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — The tones, textures and compositions are as immaculate as the images are iconic in “Classic Images: Photographs of Ansel Adams,” a new exhibition opening Saturday in the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst in Mount Vernon, Ill.

The show features 70 black-and-white images hand-printed by Adams, one the nation’s most renowned photographers of Yosemite and America’s West. The exhibit will open with a free, public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Adams, who lived from 1902 to 1984, used large-format cameras and innovative darkroom techniques to create dramatically composed, high-contrast black-and-white images of Yosemite and other national parks and wilderness areas. His work still is reprinted in books, calendars and posters.