Ansel Adams In The National Parks: Photographs From America's Wild Places

Hardcover | October 18, 2010

byAnsel AdamsEditorAndrea G. Stillman

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With more than two hundred photographs - many rarely seen and some never before published - this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of America's national parks and wilderness areas. For many people, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and other iconic American wildlands exist in the mind's eye as Ansel Adams photographs. The legendary photographer explored more than forty national parks in his lifetime, producing some of the most indelible images of the natural world ever made. One of the twentieth century's most ardent champions of the park and wilderness systems, Adams also helped preserve additional natural areas and protect existing ones through his photographs, essays, and letter-writing campaigns.

Edited and with commentary by Andrea G. Stillman, the foremost expert on Adams' work, this landmark publication includes quotations by Adams on the making of numerous photographs and essays by Wallace Stegner, William A. Turnage of The Ansel Adams Trust, and journalist and critic Richard B. Woodward. This is a must-own for Ansel Adams fans and all those who, like Adams, treasure America's wilderness.

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With more than two hundred photographs - many rarely seen and some never before published - this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of America's national parks and wilderness areas. For many people, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and other iconic American wildlands exist in the mind's eye as...

Andrea G. Stillman, who worked with Adams in the 1970s, has edited several books of his photographs and writings, includingLetters And Images: 1916-1984,Our National Parks, andAnsel Adams In Color.Journalist, documentary filmmaker, and critic Richard B. Woodward writes frequently about the arts for theNew York TimesandThe Wall Street J...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 10.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 18, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316078468

ISBN - 13:9780316078467

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply stunning I was fortunate enough to review Ansel Adam's In Colour last year and was eager to read the newest release - In the National Parks. Adams travelled and photographed forty national parks during his 50+ year career. This newest volume contains over 50 photographs never before published. Ansel is one of the greatest photographers in the world. His stunning pictures are all the more incredible as he worked with what we would now consider 'basic' equipment. Prints were developed by hand, a skill he excelled at. His black and white work is instantly identifiable. "For Ansel, the creative process began at the camera but did not end until he felt a sense of satisfaction in the darkroom. His photographic prints are a personal intensification of what was in front of the camera. They reveal not only the photographic process, but also the photographer." To quote Adams - "A photograph is made, not taken." Ansel was an ardent proponent of preserving 'America's wild places.' Through his photographs, campaigns, and Sierra Club activities, he was successful in his raising awareness and affecting change. As I slowly perused each page, I was struck by the beauty of each and every photograph. Stand outs for me were Redwood Stumps and Ferns/California on Pg33 and Forest/Alaska pg186 . These two images radiate movement and fairly leap off the page. The play of shadows in Grand Canyon/Arizona 1942 on pg35 was breathtaking. It accentuated the timeless and enduring quality of the stone. The detail captured in the waves and mist of Grand Prismatic Spring/Wyoming pg36 is again a testament to Adam's skill with a camera, but also his ability to see the beauty in our natural world. I think perhaps my favourite shot is Aspens at Dawn/Colorado 1937 on pg66. The lighting makes the trees look so eerily beautiful. Accompanying many of the pictures are letters from Adams, setting the time and place, along with his thoughts. Also included are essays from Andrea G. Stillman and essays by Wallace Stegner, William A. Turnage of The Ansel Adams Trust, and journalist and critic Richard B. Woodward. These are intriguing as well, describing Adam's thoughts, actions and processes. Also included at the end are selected additional notes for certain images. "Ansel often said ' I go out into the world, I make a photograph, and I give it to you as the equivalent of what I saw and felt." Thank you. These timeless images are a reminder of the beauty of our natural world. And why we need to look after it.
Date published: 2010-12-14

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"A stunning visual journey through America's national parks and wildlands."-Good Morning America