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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0821225154
ISBN-13: 9780821225158
Sku: 30732542
Publish Date: 8/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 13.25H x 14.75L x 1.5T
Pages:  192
Age Range:  NA
The defining book on the master photographer, Ansel Adams At 100 is one of the most beautiful books ever created. Its author, John Szarkowski has painstakingly selected what he considers Adams'' greatest work -- 114 images -- and has tracked down the single best photographic print of each. He presents an unexpected and sometimes unfamiliar body of work. His brilliant and incisive essay speaks to his judgment of the importance of Ansel Adams as a modern artist.
Published in August 2001, "Ansel Adams At 100" is a superlative piece of bookmaking. Under the direction of Richard Benson, Dean of the Yale School of Art and a renowned reproduction expert, the exhibition prints have been scanned in tritone, faithfully reproducing the nuances of the original prints; the book was impeccably printed at Meridian Printing on specially-made French paper and bound in linen cloth, with a matching slipcase. This magnificent centennial volume truly defines the term "collector''s edition."
From the Publisher:
A volume published in honor of the late landscape photographer's one hundredth birthday accompanies a major international exhibit of his work and showcases 114 of his most distinctive photographic images, complemented by critical essays on Adams's contributions as a modern artist.A volume published in honor of the late landscape photographer's one hundredth birthday accompanies a major international exhibit of his work and showcases 114 of his most distinctive photographic images, complemented by critical essays on Adams's contributions as a modern artist. 75,000 first printing.
In beautifully reproduced photographs, the life story of one of America's best-loved artists: six decades of Adams's work as teacher, musician, crusader, photographer, environmentalist. The illuminating text is by John Szarkowski.
Author Bio
Ansel Adams
Growing up in San Francisco, Ansel Adams had an isolated and repressed childhood, the only child of an older couple obsessed with the decline in the family fortunes after a financial crisis in 1907. Adams barely made it through eighth grade, taking pleasure only in exploring nature along the California coast and in playing the piano--he was a gifted musician who almost made music his career. As a teenager, he began making photographs with a Kodak box camera, hiking into the wilderness and volunteering for the Sierra Club, eventually becoming its semiofficial photographer. He studied for a while with Mary Austin and collaborated with her on a book about Taos--an important milestone in his career; Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Alfred Stieglitz were also early influences. Throughout the '30s, Adams spent time in New York as part of the photography scene, showing his work while he tried desperately to make a living doing commercial photographry at the expense of his more artistic work. A famous workaholic, Adams was also a heavy drinker and had constant financial problems. He married Virginia Best in 1928, and had two children. His reputation increased steadily throughout his life, and he was renowned both for the technical perfection of his work and for its beauty; his sublime images of the American west made him one of the last great artists in the romantic tradition. Adams was also a dedicated activist--an eloquent and outspoken advocate of wilderness preservation--and many of the accomplishments of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups can be traced to Adams's influence.


New Republic
"Certainly no book about painting or sculpture published this year can compare with the tempered opulence of ANSEL ADAMS AT 100. This volume...aims to free Adams from the reputation of picture-postcard prettiness that overtook his work in the last thirty years....[It] is one of several recent photography books that benefit immeasurably from the presence of texts by John Szarkowski....The combination of writing of this order with ravishingly produced plates makes the book a wonder." - Jed Perl 12/27/2001

Times Literary Supplement
"John Szarkowski takes a fresh look at Adams's career and rediscovers a great modern photographer whose originality and distinction have somehow been mislaid under the trappings of fame. An expert production team has reproduced 113 Adams photographs with unprecedented fidelity." - Mark Haworth-Booth 03/29/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   Ansel Adams
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