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10-17-10, 08:27 PM
Just a note to let everyone know there is a fantastic exhibit of Ansel Adams work at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. In addition to the many prints there is also a breif film of Ansel discusing how he started and his passion for his work as well as a mock up of his darkroom. I found it very captivating.
Best Black and white photographer of all time.
10-19-10, 01:28 PM
Adams set the standard for black and white landscape photography; his work will stand the test of time. Should you have the opportunity to visit the west, try to visit the sites of some of his work to get a sense of the light available and how he captured it. There is good reason many artists are drawn to the American Southwest - the light truly is unique and when you get that sense of his capture, his photograpy will become even more striking to you.
A side story, Adams had a comtemporary he worked with quite often and they developed very similar styles. One can have the conversation on who influenced whom or if it was a shared growth in that very unique selection of objects and how the light and shadows are captured. The other photographer was drawn away from photography by more pressing matters, but I have seen an exhibit of their work side by side and unless you are an Ansel Adams expert, you would be hard pressed to say which photographers work you are looking at.
Oh, that other photographer? Barry Goldwater.
10-20-10, 09:38 AM
Ansel said he had the ability to look at a scene and see it not for what it was but for how he wanted it to be seen. What made him truly timeless was his ability to do just that through the use of filters while shooting, then manipulting the negitive as he processed it, and finally as he printed it on paper with his own equipment and props used to put just the right amount of light on each inch of the paper. Today it is easier with Photoshop but the art of how he did it is still something that many try unsuccessfully to duplicate to this day.
He was also a staunch advocate for the environment with 2 wilderness areas now carring his name.
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