Ansel Adams: Landscapes of the American West

Ansel Adams: Landscapes of the American West

by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
     
 

A stunning collection of 120 visionary photographs of the American West and its wild places showcases Adams's manipulation of light and shadow to reflect his emotional response to the landscape
 

Ansel Adams's legendary photographs inspire an appreciation for natural beauty and conservation that has been communicated down the generations. His

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A stunning collection of 120 visionary photographs of the American West and its wild places showcases Adams's manipulation of light and shadow to reflect his emotional response to the landscape
 

Ansel Adams's legendary photographs inspire an appreciation for natural beauty and conservation that has been communicated down the generations. His ambition was not simply to record the landscape, but to capture his emotional and spiritual response to the wild areas that he loved so deeply. The results are spectacular: an emotional charge and passion shine through the prints with an intensity that is as powerful today as it was more than 60 years ago. In 1941, Adams was commissioned by the United States Interior Department to take photographs of the National Parks to be printed as murals for the walls of the new Interior Department building. This couldn't have been closer to his heart: it combined a commercial assignment with his personal, creative work. Unfortunately, the project was curtailed with the outbreak of World War II and the mural was never produced. The majority of pictures in this book are from the National Parks Mural Project, but also include work from other projects. The Kings Canyon photographs, taken in 1936, were successfully used to lobby for Kings Canyon to be designated a National Park. There is an exuberant photograph of an apple tree in snow taken at Yosemite, as well as the images taken for a documentary project during the war when Japanese Americans were interned at the Manzanar Relocation Center.

Editorial Reviews

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God is ready to have somebody click the shutter." Even Ansel Adams' humility could not impede his growing reputation; by the time he died in 1984, the octogenarian Californian was commonly regarded as America's finest landscape photographer. In fact, his pictures have been credited with generating enthusiasm for creating environmental preserves. Most of the 120 wilderness photographs in this large scale pictorial were taken for an abandoned National Parks project and thus will be new even to aficionados of the artist. A major new book by a master photographer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847246592
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
14.20(w) x 17.20(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Lauris Morgan-Griffiths is a journalist and writer specializing in art, design, and photography and has written numerous articles on photography and collecting contemporary and vintage prints.

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