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A new book, Ansel Adams in Color, revised and expanded from the 1993 edition, [has] laser scans that might have met even his finicky standards. Richard B. Woodward

About the Author

In a career that spanned six decades, Ansel Adams was at once America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. His work has been published in a multitude of books, posters, and calendars.

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.


John P. Schaefer was a student, collaborator, and close friend of Ansel Adams, and is currently the president of Research Corporation and a Trustee of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. In 1975, as president of the University of Arizona, he helped found the Center for Creative Photography. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Revised and expanded ed edition (October 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316056413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316056410
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984) was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Through his exhibitions and publication of his work, his writings, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve America's remaining wilderness.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The title says it all: "Ansel Adams in Color." Who knew that America's premier black and white photographer performed his film magic in color too? I certainly didn't.

"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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Streetz on December 28, 2009
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For anyone that enjoys photography as a pasttime, this book was a wonderful source of inspiration. For those that enjoy simply looking at the work of great photographers, one doesn't need to be a professional to be able to appreciate the works contained in this product. It was very interesting to see Adams' works in color - and to see his genius in a whole different light (literally).
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"Throughout his life Ansel remained ambivalent about color photography - a sampling of his reflections on the subject is included at the end of this book. Much of his antipathy toward color stemmed from the extremely poor quality of color photographing. Another source of his frustration was the inability to adequately translate the brilliance of a color transparency into a fine print."
-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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HODGEPODGESPV on November 15, 2009
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This has become my "I need a break" book. You know when you have read all the intense books, seen all the intense news, and you just need to get away? I can look at the photos (I love photography) and drift and/or read the commentary and imagine.

I think I love color photography the best because of hues and intensity and, maybe the reality of vision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally on October 22, 2009
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Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my copy of this wonderful book. Everyone's heard of Ansel Adams, America's foremost landscape photographer. In fact, whenever I spot a black and white landscape, I think of him. However, this eye-opening collection of spectacularly detailed color photographs expands my admiration of his work.

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!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. on January 21, 2010
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The perfect book! I could not put it down. It gives you a look at Ansel Adams and his adventures and personal thoughts on photography.

I would sincerely recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Beavis on December 4, 2009
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This latest issue of his colour photographs finally allows us to see them in the way Ansel Adams intended. My only gripe is I wish it was larger format.
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Decades ago, I remember being surprised to come across a book in a library on Hawaii with fading color photographs by Ansel Adams. Shocking. Now we have the second edition of this excellent little (would that it were a larger size) book which gives background information to Ansel's forays into color. Can you *imagine* 8x10 Kodachromes? I can. He certainly did -- and did it extremely well as he did all facets of his chosen medium.

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?
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