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In his later years, photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) lamented to a friend, "I know I shall be castigated by a large group of people today, but I was trained to assume that art related to the elusive quality of beauty and that the purpose of art was concerned with the elevation of the spirit (horrible Victorian notion!!)" Despite such qualms, viewers still flock to Adams exhibits; indeed, it can be argued that his black-and-white images of the West are perhaps the most beloved American pictures. Andrea Stillman's Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs does what previous editors could have only dreamed of: It presents the full spectrum of his lifework in a single volume; from his first photographs in Yosemite to his stunning final wilderness landscapes. The photography book of the season; now in trade paperback.