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

February 5, 2015 / by KEN STONE – Times of San Diego

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.

Brooks, Monnelly and Dr. Michael and Jeanne Adams (son and daughter-in law of Ansel Adams, who died in 1984 at age 82) will attend the opening. The exhibit lasts from March 1 to Sept. 15, 2015.

“We don’t think enough about water,” said Jeanne Adams, curator of the exhibit that launched in Newport News, Virginia. “We don’t think enough about how significant it is — and I wanted to change that.”

She put the traveling exhibit together as a response to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I went through thousands of pictures,” she told a local paper. “I looked at water as oceans and river. I looked at water as sky and vapor. I looked at water as icebergs and as waterfalls. And then I picked out what you see here so you could really put your arms around the idea and see the bigger picture.” … read more