Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Vincent Peri, Feb 20, 2018.
Today is Ansel Adams' 116th birthday, if you need a reason to party.
Ansel Adams - Wikipedia
Hey, thanks for the heads up, Vincent.
One of my favorite quotes about Adams, ironically, comes from a detractor, HCB, who was a great photographer in his own right but in this case didn't quite seem to know what he was talking about or at least was judging two fellow photographers rather unfairly.
What Bresson missed was how important a social statement, in addition to an aesthetic one, Adams was making with his photography, a body of work that was steeped in environmentalism and his love and respect for wilderness lands. He gave the world a gift by putting the beauty of raw nature into our consciousness in such an iconic and reverent way. And he used his celebrity in many positive ways to help preserve that wilderness.
No one is good all of the time, we all have our share of throwaways. Adams did too I'm sure. Most of his work I've seen has been superb while much of what I've seen from HCB really isn't. I didn't know this was Adams birthday though, thanks Vincent.
One of Amsel's assistants, Alan Ross or John Sexton, said it was very liberating to go through the boxes of prints and see run-of-the-mill photographs. I think in the Eloquent Light Adams stated, 12 good negatives [or prints?] a year, is a good crop.
Hmm... I'm 1/3 of the way
through a 36 exposure roll.
Guess I can take the rest
of the year off...
No. Keep going and you can just put them toward next year’s!
One of my all time favorites.
happy birthday ansel.
My favorite dispute (in photography) is the various stabs at each other of Mortensen (link) and Adams (aka the "Antichrist" vs. the "plodder").
The best single book for Ansel Adams, IMHO, is his
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs.
His Basics books are informative reads even for digital photographers, I think.
I hadn't heard of that book before. I just found a copy on eBay and bought it. Thanks for the heads up.
Thanks for the reminder, JDM. I have the book but haven't read it for several years. I guess this would be a good time to start rereading it. A little late, but: Happy birthday, Ansel!
If any of you visit Tucson, AZ, go to the University of Arizona campus. The Art Department is a repository for many of Adam's prints AND negatives.
Suggested reading for the occasion:
Group f.64 by Mary Street Alinder, Bloomsbury2014;
"Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and the community of artists who revolutionized American photography"
I certainly find Examples to be a book worthy of regular re-readings, all the more so in that it is less focused on film, as film.
In fact, a frequently (by me) posted quotation from it is
Ansel Adams, 1983 Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs. Little, Brown and Company. p.59
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