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Ansel Adams Photographs

December 18, 1999 - March 5, 2000
Works on Paper Gallery

Those who have not seen the majestic features of America's western landscape first-hand - features such as the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, or the Pacific coast - may well visualize these places by means of photographs taken by Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984). His stark black and white compositions captured the pristine beauty and drama of subject matter ranging from specific peaks in the Rocky Mountains to single snow-covered trees, from the forests of Oregon and Washington to the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico. Of the sites included in the exhibition, Yosemite National Park held special significance for the artist. After an initial visit with his family in 1916, Adams returned to Yosemite every year for the rest of his life. Under different seasons and varying weather conditions, he recorded the Half Dome and other peaks in Yosemite Valley with a forceful intensity. These and other photographs by Adams have become archetypal images of America's western wilderness areas.


Ansel Adams
Tetons and the Snake River
1942
gelatin-silver print