Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ansel Adams Photo Exhibit

Ansel Adams, Cathedral Peak, 1938 on display at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento

Ansel Adams, Cathedral Peak, 1938. ©2006 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Nellie and I spent the last week in Sacramento at a Public Lands conference where I was representing Zion National Park. In between conference sessions we were able to slip away and visit a wonderful exhibit of Yosemite photographs by Ansel Adams at the Crocker Art museum. In addition to photos from the permanent collection there were a series from a horseback trip he took with Georgia O'Keefe and others in 1938. As everyone knows Adams worked in black and white using the "zone system" to cover a wide range of grays and middle values. While I had seen many of his photographs, it was exciting to see photos actually printed by his own hand and signed in pencil. What a spectacular exhibit!

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