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Ansel Adams in Color Hardcover – October 21, 2009
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About the Author
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.
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"Ansel Adams in Color" is filled with Adams' gorgeous, technicolor, photographs along with accompanying essays. While Adams was ambivalent about working in color -- primarily due to the technical limitations at the time -- today's digital advancements allow the photos to shine. These majestic photos were taken primarily in the 40's- 50's and capture America's natural landscape at its zenith. The photographs include breathtaking shots of the Grand Canyon; Yosemite National Park; Death Valley; Hawaii; Alaska, Wyoming; and much more!
"Ansel Adams in Color" would be a welcome edition to the collection of any photographer or Adams' admirer.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Rev'd edition(Oct. 21, 2009), 168 pages.
Review Copy Provided Courtesy of Hachette Book Group.
-Foreward by John P. Schaefer and Andrea G. Stillman
I had always loved Ansel Adams' black and white photographs of nature. His photos of Yosemite had added to the pleasure of my trip to the National Park years ago. I hadn't known that Ansel Adams had worked in color, much less, that he had over 3,000 color transparencies. He had worked with color photography when the medium and technology was in its early stages. His frustration with the technical limitations explain why he is best known for his black and white work. However, with the developments in photography and computers, it is now possible to see his work as he would have been prepared to show it.
The photos in this book were selected by a photographer of Adams' generation and fellow member of the Detroit Camera Club who has expressed the debt he owed Adams for the direction and advice. Callahan is also highly regarded and has been described as one of America's greatest visual poets. He chose the photos based on his own aesthetic pleasure - "selecting those things that pleased me" without adjustments for historical reasons or concern for what the image might have looked like once.
The essays and text that accompany the stunning photographs give a fuller understanding of Ansel Adams' work and the development of the art of photography. This book is such a pleasure - whether you read it carefully or glance at the photographs.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Revised edition edition (October 21, 2009), 168 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
I think I love color photography the best because of hues and intensity and, maybe the reality of vision.
This volume is more than a collection of magnificent color photographs; in addition, it contains a comprehensive essay, "Quest for Color" by James L. Enyeart, photographic historian. The heavy volume concludes with "Selected Writings on Color Photography by Ansel Adams. This book would be a treasure for anyone interested in photography, art, and/or America. What a remarkable gift it would make!
I would sincerely recommend this book.
Those familiar with Ansel's monochrome work may be surprised to find a few of their polychrome equivalents. Color reproduction here is excellent. You may be tempted to frame some of these but that would mean taking the book apart.
The book is well written, very informative, nicely designed, well printed, and Ansel Adams. Who could ask for more?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was a gift and the recipient seemed quite pleased. Thumbing through the book after it was opened, I could understand why anyone with an interest in landscape photography... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ernie Hall
Been a huge Ansel Adams fan since I was a kid. Of course, I really only knew him for his black & white work. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Gene Bowker
after reading about Ansel Adams color photography I finally found this book. What a find and what a book. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Ordinary Guy
I have the book of 400 B & W photos by Ansel Adams, which are amazing, but this book is better. Seeing his photos in color really makes a difference. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by LRB
Nice book for my son. I wish pictures could have been slightly larger, but I guess that's par for a book of photographs. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Jeffrey W. Smith
Was nice to see his pictures in color,
many were from the 40's and 50's, not all from California.
Refreshing pictures of a by-gone-era.
Fun to see what Adams was up to when it came to color. Not my favorite photos by him but adds to the body of work he did. Only for those who really care about Adams' story.Published on July 25, 2011 by P. robb
This beautiful book took my breath away. I have long been a fan of Ansel Adams's black-and-white photography since my father introduced me to his work in the early 1980's. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by C. Burja