Ansel Adams in the National Parks : Photographs from America's Wild Places (Hardcover)

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With more than 200 photographs--many rarely seen and some never before published--this volume is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams'' photographs of America''s national parks and wilderness areas. A must-own for Ansel Adams fans.


Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316078467
SKU 214686181
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0316078468
Release Date 10/1/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 10.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
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.
From the Publisher
Annotation Not only was Ansel Adams one of the foremost photographers of our national parks and wildlands, he was also a passionate advocate, through his essays and letters, of their preservation. The 200-plus photographs in this collection form the most eloquent argument imaginable in favor of appreciating--if not outright revering--and maintaining the natural splendor of the American wilderness. Some of these photographs have never before been published. They are supplemented with comments by Adams himself on the work as well as essays by others on Adams, the environment, and the art of photography.
Editors Note Includes more than 200 of the noted photographer's photos of America's national parks--including Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and more--reproduced in high-quality doutone, including 50 that have never before been published, all augmented by quotes from Adams himself and essays.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0344
Publisher Ansel Adams

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