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An impressive addition to Adams's work, this book clarifies the emotional and conceptual framework of many of his most familiar and stunning photographs by offering with them letters to and from family and friends. Adams is openly loving and loyal in many letters, receiving in return deep respect and affection as both an artist and a warm, likable man. Though he often states that his images are his sole means of self-expression, some of his letters contain lucid critiques of his work and others' that shall prove useful to scholars. Perhaps the most important correspondence is with Stieglitz and Weston, revealing shared enthusiasm for photography as art. For most libraries. David Bryant, Belleville P.L., N.J.
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In a career that spanned over five decades, Ansel Adams was at once America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. A passionate appreciation of natural beauty became an integral part of his portfolio. A master photographer, teacher, and environmentalist, the profound impact of his work continues to expand as each generation discovers the luminous beauty of his art.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; Revised ed. edition (February 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821226827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821226827
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pouring over letters to and from Ansel Adams brings you closer to the photographer. From a telegram to his father in 1920 asking for $20.00 to buy a burro (and letting him know that he'd sell it at the end of the season for $10.00) to touching letters to his wife over the years. His descriptions of nature are as wonderful as his photographs. He writes to US presidents, newspaper editors,friends, family and more. You see the scope, imagination,and honesty of a man and a fantastic photographer.
You laugh,cry and share the man; Ansel Adams. Interesting personal photographs in the book also.
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Great insights to a great man. Provides many days of interesting reading as you follow the course of his life through letters to and from Adams.
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I was amazed at Ansel Adams outlook on life and his art. From reading you can tell he was greatly respected as well as a true artist in more ways than one. If you want to learn more about the man and his character I would highly recommend this book. Amazing really...
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This is an amazing book with quotes and images.
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I have had a copy of this book for some 20+ years, being the owner of a 1st edition. I kept it carefully stored, and have actualy purchased a second used copy, to avoid wear and tear on the 1st one. The actual book itself is an old fashioned, high quality affair with enameled paper, consisting of selected copies of letters to and from Ansel Adams, some well printed photographs, and show that Ansel was not always that friendly, had some deep convictions, and was more than willing to go to the line to defend his viewpoints and those of others. His dislike of the Reagan Administration was profound. If you're a photographer, and a reader of and about photography, you will like this book. There's really nothing bad about it except for...The dust cover. For some reason, this dust cover is incredibly sensitive to light and my preserved copy, sitting on a dark shelf for over 10years has faded where a slight amount of line from a SHADED window struck it in the afternoon only. If you buy one of the books, and want a perfect copy, stipulate that the dust cover has to be GREEN, NOT BROWN!!!
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