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Ansel adams

  1. 1. ANSEL ADAMS Feb 20, 1902 – Apr 22, 1984
  2. 2. Early Childhood: <ul><li>Born in San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>Sand Dunes of Golden Gate </li></ul><ul><li>Age 4 – Earthquake (broken nose) </li></ul><ul><li>Problems fitting in at school </li></ul><ul><li>Considered hyperactive, dyslexia, shy and intensity of genius </li></ul><ul><li>Homeschooled </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Timeline: <ul><li>1902 - Ansel Easton Adams born on February 20, at 114 Maple Street, San Francisco, the only child of Olive and Charles </li></ul><ul><li>1915 - Despises the regimentation of a regular education, and is taken out of school. For that year, his father buys him a season pass to the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which he visits nearly every day. Private tutors provide further instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>1916: Family Trip to Yosemite, Californina. </li></ul><ul><li>1925: Decides to become a pianist. Buys a grand piano. </li></ul><ul><li>1927: First acknowledged photograph. </li></ul><ul><li>1940 - Teaches first Yosemite workshop, the U. S. Camera Photographic Forum, in Yosemite with Edward Weston. </li></ul><ul><li>1953 he collaborated with Dorothea Lange on a Life commission for a photo essay on the Mormons in Utah </li></ul><ul><li>In 1962 Adams moved to Carmel, California, where in 1967 he was instrumental in the foundation of the Friends of Photography </li></ul><ul><li>1984 - Dies April 22 of heart failure aggravated by cancer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Yosemite <ul><li>“My life was colored and modulated by the great earth gesture of the Yosemite Sierra” </li></ul><ul><li>1919 joined Sierra Club </li></ul><ul><li>Met his wife (Virginia Best) at Yosemite, son was born there </li></ul><ul><li>First photographs and writings were published in Sierra Club 1922 Bulletin </li></ul>
  5. 5. Yosemite <ul><li>1934 Elected to Sierra Club Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Established as both the artist and defender of Yosemite </li></ul><ul><li>1936 represent club at conference in Washington to purpose Kings River Sierra Wilderness Park </li></ul><ul><li>Sierra Club director until 1971 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Brower – First Executive Director of Sierra Club wrote: <ul><li>“ It is hard to tell which has shaped the other more – Ansel Adams or the Sierra Club.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Influences: <ul><li>1927 – Met Albert Bender – patron of arts who published Adam’s first portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>1927 – Met photographer Edward Weston – made Group f/64 – new West Coast vision of straight photography, which brought national attention and influence </li></ul><ul><li>1930 – Met photographer Paul Strand – move away from pictorial style and pursued “straight photography” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Influences: <ul><li>1933 – Met artist Alfred Stieglitz on a trip to New York – Adams admired his commitment to the medium he consciously insightful </li></ul><ul><li>1950’s and 1960’s – worked with Nancy Newhall to create books and exhibitions – including “This is the American Earth” – coexisted with Rachel Carlson’s “Silent Spring” – seminal role in launching the first broad based environmental movement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Adam’s Passions: <ul><li>Described himself as a photographer, lecturer, and writer – moreover a communicator </li></ul><ul><li>Yosemite National Park </li></ul><ul><li>National park system </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>Never made a creative photograph specifically for environmental purposes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Legacies: <ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Mastery – used by Polaroid and Hasselblad – as well as many teaching institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Sierra Club influence </li></ul><ul><li>Induction of Kings Canyon National Park </li></ul><ul><li>Referred to as “the visual John Muir” </li></ul>
  11. 11. MOONRISE – 1941 (Page 175) <ul><li>“Rule of Thirds” </li></ul><ul><li>Most famous photograph </li></ul><ul><li>Adams said when he took it “he felt an almost prophetic sense of satisfaction” </li></ul>
  12. 12. MONOLITH – 1927 (Page 35) <ul><li>25 years old and weighed 125 lbs when was hiking and took this picture </li></ul><ul><li>Described it as “wondrous place … a great shelf of granite, slightly overhanging, and nearly 4000 feet above its base … the most exciting subject awaiting me” </li></ul><ul><li>Represents his first “visualization” concept </li></ul>
  13. 13. TRAILER CAMP CHILDREN – 1944 (Page 248) <ul><li>Unusual photograph because not of nature </li></ul><ul><li>Outspoken in political views </li></ul><ul><li>“ American society has consistently overlooked the enormous importance of the farmer, the technician, the educator, the artist, and the laborer …. I’m calling for greater equality to all citizens.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Quotes by Ansel: <ul><li>“ A good photograph is knowing where to stand” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A true photograph need not to be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Works Cited: <ul><li>http://www.anseladams.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.hctc.commnet.edu/artmuseum/anseladams.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/adams/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Adams, Ansel “Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs”, Little, Brown and Company , October, 2007. </li></ul>

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