The Golden Gate, Before and After The Bridge

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Ansel Adams is rightly celebrated for his iconic images of Yosemite, National Parks and the Southwest. We sometimes overlook some of his more sublime images from his home in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Golden Gate before the Bridge,…

Ansel Anecdotes

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The story of the making of the photograph Moonrise, Hernandez , New Mexico is legendary. Ansel's description in Examples: The Making of Forty Photographs is oft repeated, and quite dramatic. We have brought together several vignettes that put a little more perspective on what let up to the dramatic moment on a lonely highway at 4:05 PM (local time), October 31, 1941.

Ansel Adams’ photos of 1940 L.A. show him working in urban mode

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About 60 of Ansel Adams’ stepchildren will spend the coming four weeks hanging out in a downtown art gallery. They’re pictures the great photographer of natural landscapes took of urbanized Los Angeles around 1940 – and donated to the…

Ansel Adams in LA

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Eye local photos taken by the photo legend. Quick. Think "Ansel Adams" and then tell us what the next thing is that springs to mind. Is it a stunning, ethereal shot of Yosemite's Half Dome? Is it a panoramic take on some distant, snow-capped…
Ansel Adams, Sermon on the Mount

Ansel Adams: The Role of the Artist in the Environmental Movement

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In the history of American conservation, few have worked as long and as effectively to preserve wilderness and to articulate the “wilderness idea” as Ansel Adams. Entering his seventh decade of active involvement, he remains as much a crusader. Wilderness has always been for Adams “a mystique: a valid, intangible, non-materialistic experience.” Through his photographs he has touched countless people with a sense of that mystique and a realization of the importance of preserving the last remaining wilderness lands. This inspirational legacy of Adams ' art constitutes his major significance as an environmentalist. In addition, he has been an important activist in the work of several conservation groups and has personally lobbied congressmen, cabinet officers and Presidents on behalf of wilderness values. Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco and grew up in the dunes area by the Golden Gate . In those days the Pacific surf and fog were a much more evident influence than the surrounding city. Ansel's earliest memory is of lying in his carriage watching low fog move across the sky.

Anecdotes

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Four anecdotes on the making of Ansel Adams' iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.