Unseen Ansel Adams

Unseen Ansel Adams

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by Ansel Adams, Jason Weems
     
 

During his prolific 60-year career, the godfather of American photography captured iconic images for the Sierra Club and National Park Service, wrote best-selling books, campaigned for the environment, and even took President Jimmy Carter’s official White House portrait. Even so, these make up only a portion of Ansel Adams’s portfolio. These rare

Overview

During his prolific 60-year career, the godfather of American photography captured iconic images for the Sierra Club and National Park Service, wrote best-selling books, campaigned for the environment, and even took President Jimmy Carter’s official White House portrait. Even so, these make up only a portion of Ansel Adams’s portfolio. These rare photographs in The Unseen Ansel Adams come from the celebrated collection of the University of California. During the 1960s, Adams spent time chronicling the university’s campuses, including images of Berkeley’s majestic campanile, Santa Cruz’s ferny forests, Santa Barbara’s pristine coastline, and UCLA’s stern chancellor. Photography aficionados will certainly appreciate this fresh look at a master’s lesser-known work. Spreads feature beautiful black-and-white photographs that are rich in detail and texture, showcasing Adams’s unmistakable style. Though best known for his photographs of nature, Ansel Adams saw beauty in many forms, including many man-made structures like the modern architecture of UCSD and aerial shots of Los Angeles’s famous freeways. An avid environmentalist, Adams spent his career documenting the wonders of the natural world. See regal eucalyptus groves, sculptural cacti, rocky valleys, and lacy fungus through Adams’s eyes in remarkable photographs he took while on a tour of California. Adams continues to influence contemporary photographers, while enthusiasm for his work keeps growing.

Editorial Reviews

Obviously, we can't get enough of Ansel Adams: Last month, we featured the awe-inspiring Ansel Adams in The National Parks (Little Brown, 9780316078467). In November, we're alerting you to the arrival of a pictorial consisting almost entirely of rare and previously unpublished photographs by the long-lived (1902-1984) master. The black-and-white illustrations include Adams aerial pictures, nature photographs, landscape and architectural views of University of California campuses. A valued keepsake in any season.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607100133
Publisher:
Thunder Bay Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
14.00(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jason Weems is an Assistant Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences History of Art Department at the University of California Riverside. He specializes in American art, with particular interests in the history of vision and visuality, landscape, and vernacular culture in the context of modernity—making him the perfect person to write the Introduction to Unseen Ansel Adams.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this collection for two reasons: 1) I was looking for book that my photography teacher didn't have. It turned out he had never heard or seen this collection before. He loves Ansel Adams and thought it was a great find. 2) I love photography. Especially Ansel Adams. This was a rare collection. He took thousands of photos and only a few had been published until this book. If you are looking for a great book (for yourself or as a gift) that showcases some of the best photography around, this is a great way to go.
ljcalex More than 1 year ago
This was a Christmas gift for my son. He loved it.