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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316078468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316078467
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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 In Color.

Journalist, documentary filmmaker, and critic Richard B. Woodward writes frequently about the arts for the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Great for a coffee table book though.
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Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photography.
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Very high quality printing and photographic reproduction.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gagliano VINE VOICE on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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I have always been interested in Ansel Adams. As someone who calls themselves an amateur photographer, his use of black and white has always amazed me. It was so fun to open this huge book chock full of Ansel Adams rarely seen photos. It was fascinating to hear the rational behind the photos. Ansel was a visionary who has documented some of the most beautiful nature photos. How can a man who worked in black and white have had such a career? I never know when to use black and white and found myself in awe of Ansel's vision and use of light.

"A photograph is made, not taken." I love that line from the book. This week I told two people who noticed my camera and said, they can't take good photos with their current camera and wish they had a camera like mine. Both were told as nicely as possible, that it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on a camera. It is the photographer who makes the picture, not the camera. My entire life, I have been told, your camera takes great pictures. More often than not I was insulted by the statement. After 8 camera's and many years of maturation, I just roll my eyes at that statement.

Ansel Adams In The National Parks is a great gift for the photographer in your life, the Ansel fan, or just for someone who appreciates the beauty of the glorious world we live in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clevelander83 VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photographs, and the magic of his simple and captivating images can once again be experienced in the new book, Ansel Adams in the National Parks. The book features over 200 of Adams' photographs and spans forty national parks, from Yosemite to Yellowstone to Glacier National Park. Ansel Adams in the National Parks also includes commentary by the photographer on certain photos, giving us more insight into his creative process.

I enjoy photography, but am by no means a fanatic, and I loved browsing through the book and learning more about the National Parks (I've never been to one). There were a few particular images that really made me stop and take notice of every detail; I'm sure everyone will find some that do the same for them. Ansel Adams in the National Parks is beautifully presented and would make an amazing gift to anyone who appreciates nature photography, or is simply a fan of a great coffee table book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ansel Adams' dramatic black and white photographs of the American natural wonders have become somewhat of modern-day icons. Their stark, imposing beauty is undeniable, and it can often be hard to take away your gaze from them.

This collection of Ansel Adams' photographs brings together some of his most famous works, as well as some more restrained and subtle ones. The book is also filled with numerous biographical notes, as well as with explanation of Adams' technique and the unique visual style that he achieved. This is a beautiful coffee-table book that celebrates one of America's foremost artistic geniuses. It is also a great introduction to the timeless natural beauty of the National Parks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wu on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to Andrea Stillman and Little, Brown for two recent books: Ansel Adams in the National Parks (2010) and Ansel Adams 400 Photographs (2007). Both are nicely designed and finely printed. The size of the books and plates inside feels just about right. The printing is first-class, although the best-ever probably still goes to Ansel Adams California (Little, Brown 1997)! The books faithfully reproduce the beauty of Ansel Adam's phtographs with minute details and range of brilliance. If you carefully compare a same plate from both books, you may see small variance in contrast or brightness, but same details are preserved and both would get an OK from Ansel himself.

Of the two I like this one better. The subject is obvious and that is the beauty and diversity of our national parks. The book contains quite a few photographs rarely seen in other Ansel books. There are interesting short notes written by Andrea to accompany some of the photographs and other longer articles about Ansel as well. The book brings back my memory of moments in the national prks and makes me want to go back more!
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