Re-inventing the West: The Photographs of Ansel Adams and Robert Adams

Re-inventing the West: The Photographs of Ansel Adams and Robert Adams

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Re-inventing the West: The Photographs of Ansel Adams and Robert Adams by Joseph N. Newland

In 1976, Robert Adams shot "Fort Collins, Colorado," a nighttime picture of a lone tree in a Colorado parking lot, the crescent moon hanging in the sky above. More than 30 years earlier, Ansel Adams had captured "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," showing a magnificent vista of desert scrub and clustered buildings, snow-capped mountains in the distance, the full moon majestically presiding in the expansive sky overhead. These two pictures could be neither more different nor more similar; nor could the younger Adams have made his photograph without knowledge of his greatly admired predecessor's. If Ansel Adams created singular images in search of a platonic ideal of nature, Robert Adams explored repetition and conformity; both were responding, in their own personal and aesthetic way, to the landscape of the American West. The first book to juxtapose bodies of work by these two twentieth-century master photographers, Reinventing the West reveals how their photographs reflect changing attitudes toward the western landscape and the natural world.

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ISBN-13: 9781879886476
Publisher: Addison Gallery of American Art
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Pages: 83
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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