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Ansel Adams in Color

Ansel Adams in Color

Book rating: 05 Hardback Little, Brown and Company

By (author) Ansel Adams, By (author) John P. Schaefer, By (author) Andrea Gray Stillman

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 254mm x 25mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316056413
  • ISBN 13: 9780316056410
  • Edition statement: Revised and expanded ed
  • Illustrations note: Integrated: 74, full colour photos
  • Sales rank: 133,595

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Adams began to photograph in colour in the mid-1930s. He did significant personal or 'creative' photography in colour and his distinctive visualisation of a scene and technical mastery is immediately evident in these photographs. Overall, he made nearly 3,500 colour images, but only a small fraction have ever been published. Adams thought seriously about publishing his colour images but the task was not accomplished during his lifetime. The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust - with advice and counsel from John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art; David Travis, Curator of Photographs at the Art Institute of Chicago and James Enyeart, former Director of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House--asked the distinguished master photographer Harry Callahan to select the best of Adams' colour work for publication in this book.

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In a career that spanned six decades, Ansel Adams was America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. Andrea Stillman worked with him in the 1970s and has edited several books of his photos and writings. John Schaefer was a student and close friend of Ansel Adams and is a Trustee of The Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 18 Oct 2009 5

"Throughout his life Ansel remained ambivalent about color photography - a sampling of his reflections on the subject is included at the end of this book. Much of his antipathy toward color stemmed from the extremely poor quality of color photographing. Another source of his frustration was the inability to adequately translate the brilliance of a color transparency into a fine print."
-Foreward by John P. Schaefer and Andrea G. Stillman

I had always loved Ansel Adams' black and white photographs of nature. His photos of Yosemite had added to the pleasure of my trip to the National Park years ago. I hadn't known that Ansel Adams had worked in color, much less, that he had over 3,000 color transparencies. He had worked with color photography when the medium and technology was in its early stages. His frustration with the technical limitations explain why he is best known for his black and white work. However, with the developments in photography and computers, it is now possible to see his work as he would have been prepared to show it.

The photos in this book were selected by a photographer of Adams' generation and fellow member of the Detroit Camera Club who has expressed the debt he owed Adams for the direction and advice. Callahan is also highly regarded and has been described as one of America's greatest visual poets. He chose the photos based on his own aesthetic pleasure - "selecting those things that pleased me" without adjustments for historical reasons or concern for what the image might have looked like once.

The essays and text that accompany the stunning photographs give a fuller understanding of Ansel Adams' work and the development of the art of photography. This book is such a pleasure - whether you read it carefully or glance at the photographs.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Revised edition edition (October 21, 2009), 168 pages.
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