NICHOLS & NORTH GALLERIES

2016

Ansel Adams

FRAGILE WATERS - Ansel Adams

April 23 - September 5, 2016

Curated by Jeanne Falk Adams

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As a child, Ansel Adams lived amidst the sand dunes of San Francisco overlooking the “Golden Gate” of the San Francisco Bay. He felt and smelled the ozone and fog, roamed freely, was precocious, and was a misfit in school. After reading In the Heart of the Sierra, by Hutchings, Ansel was infatuated and persuaded his parents to vacation in Yosemite that summer. For the rest of his life his reverence for nature, the mountains, and light, as he conveyed in his photographs, inspired and brought music to the hearts of many. “I hope that my work will encourage expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.”

​Photographer, advocate, conservationist, mountaineer, writer, teacher, musician, scientist, innovator, curator—Adams was all of these. He shared with delight and persisted in what was important to him, such as preservation of wilderness areas, having photography accepted as a fine art, teaching creative photography, and encouraging others. His ten volumes of technical manuals on photography continue to be the most influential books ever written on the subject. This Is the American Earth, with text by collaborator Nancy Newhall, started the publishing movement of “coffee table” books so popular today. Adams’ renowned photography of the magnificent American West has become the face of wilderness for many.

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