About the Author (s)
In a career that spanned six decades, Ansel Adams was at once America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. His work has been published in a multitude of books, posters, and calendars.
Andrea G. Stillman, who worked with Adams in the 1970s, has edited several books of his photographs and writings, including Letters and Images: 1916-1984, Our National Parks, and Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs. She lives in New York City.
Toward the end of his life Ansel Adams wrote, "People are skeptical about my thoughts on color. I do not blame them, as I have protested it and have not shown color pictures. I feel the urge now and only wish I was sixty years younger!"
Adams began to photograph in color in the mid-1930s. He did significant personal or "creative" photography in color, and his distinctive visualization of a scene and technical mastery is immediately evident in his color photographs. Overall, he made nearly 3,500 color images, but only a small fraction have ever been published.
Adams thought seriously about publishing his color images but the task was not accomplished during his lifetime. The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust--with advice and counsel from John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art; David Travis, Curator of Photographs at the Art Institute of Chicago; and James Enyeart, former Director of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House--asked the distinguished master photographer Harry Callahan to select the best of Adams' color work for publication in this book.
Accompanied by an introductory essay by Enyeart, and a selection of Adams' fascinating, often contradictory writings on color photography, these magnificent color images add a new dimension to Adams' enduring legacy.
- Yosemite Valley from the Esplanade, Yosemite National Park, California 1948
- Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California 1953
- Detail of the Alaska Range, Denali National Park and Reserve, Alaska 1948
- Mount Mckinley, Grass, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska 1948
This is by far the best book to grace my coffee table in a long time. I highly recommend the book. The holidays are approaching and this would be a remarkable gift. I do not think anyone would be disappointed with this book. I don't usually give ratings on books but I do give this one five stars.
I am far from finished looking at this book. As a matter of fact, I got caught up in it all over again trying to get my notes for this review. Since you see this post, you will know that finally I was able to tear myself away from the clutches of this book and write.
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