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When Ansel Adams's father gave him his first camera at 14, the greatness of Adams's artistry was yet to come, but his love for the West was sparked on a family trip that same year to the Yosemite Valley, where young Ansel discovered a profound connection between what he saw around him and that magical machine called a Kodak "Brownie." This volume collects some of the finest Ansel Adams black-and-white images of the Western landscape taken throughout his career -- scenes of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, the Grand Tetons, the Rocky Mountains, and Yellowstone, images of the Navajo and the Pueblo, and more. The text insightfully chronicles Ansel Adams's photography career, beginning with a job as a custodian for the Sierra Club and his influential and remarkable work for that organization; through his burgeoning professional years under his mentor, Paul Strand, and his collaboration with colleagues Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston; to his work for the Department of the Interior, the Museum of Modern Art, and his efforts on behalf of the environment; to the many honors he receivied up to his death in 1984, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him by President Carter in 1979. Fittingly, Mt. Ansel Adams was officially named in the Yosemite National Park in 1985 in tribute to the man who loved and captured it so well. The West loses none of its grandeur in black and white, but takes on a poetic dimension in Ansel's hands. This book is a fitting tribute to the creator of some of the most beautiful and arresting images of the American landscape. 9 1/4" x 12 1/2".

Ansel Adams by Kate Jennings

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