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ANSEL ADAMS IN COLOR
BY ANSEL ADAMS, ANDREA G. STILLMAN,
JOHN P. SCHAEFER
EDITED BY ANDREA G. STILLMAN
AND JOHN P. SCHAEFER
Renowned as America's pre-eminent black-and-white landscape photographer, Ansel Adams began to photograph in color soon after Kodachrome film was invented in the mid 1930s. He made nearly 3,500 color photographs, a small fraction of which were published for the first time in the 1993 edition of ANSEL ADAMS IN COLOR. In this newly revised and expanded edition, 20 unpublished photographs have been added. New digital scanning and printing technologies also mean that the book now offers a more faithful representation of Adams's color photography.
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Ansel Adams: In a career that spanned six decades, Ansel Adams was at once America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. His work has been published in a multitude of books, posters, and calendars.
Andrea G. Stillman, who worked with Adams in the 1970s, has edited several books of his photographs and writings, including Letters and Images: 1916-1984, Our National Parks, and Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs. She lives in New York City.
I remember first hearing of Ansel Adams in high school humanities but it wasn't until many years later when my husband, son, and I were at Yosemite National Park that I learned much more. I saw in the museum there all about Ansel Adams and his work but more important, I saw the real thing in that first national park I visited. Adams was a a genius at photography who knew just how to visualize the picture he wanted to capture and had the skill to execute. The work that Stillman and Schaefer were able to gather of their friend Ansel Adams is on display in this breathtaking book that one can look at time and time again, and see something different..and feel something different. Such amazing photographs of the grandeur of these national parks is indeed a treasure. Some examples of the work I particularly enjoyed were Sunset at Grand Tetons, Yosemite Valley, Mono Lake, Sentinel Dome, Sunrise at Death Valley, and of course, Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. The book is introduced by an essay by Enyeart and includes some of Ansel Adams own writings. Truly a book to keep forever or give as a gift to be enjoyed for years to come.
Thank you to Anna and the Hachette Book Group for the copy of this lovely book to review. All opinions in my review are my own.