Ansel Adams: Early Works

March 24 – May 22, 2021

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a giant in the field of landscape photography. His work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the “sublime” in the unspoilt Western landscape. Most museum-goers are only familiar with the heroic, high-contrast prints on high-gloss paper that Adams manufactured to order in the 1970s-80s, as the first retail galleries devoted to photography appeared. This exhibition focuses on the masterful small-scale prints made by Adams from the 1920s into the 1950s as his printing style evolved from the soft-focus, warm-toned “Parmelian prints” of the 1920s, through the sharp-focused “f/64 school” of photography that he co-founded in the 1930s, towards a cooler, higher-contrast style after WWII. Throughout, Adams is revealed as a poet of light, both in the field and in the darkroom.

Ansel Adams: Early Works is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. All photographs are from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Local support has been provided by the Karen L. Chase’97 Fund.

Image: Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, from Manzanar, 1944, vintage gelatin silver print. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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