Ansel Adams (American Experience)
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* Nice biography of Adams' life, highlighting the role his father played in facilitating Ansel's self-directed learning as a youth, his introduction to photography, his marriage (with its ups and downs), etc. We were able to see what drove Ansel Adams.
* Need I say anything about his work? There has never been and never will be another photographer like Adams. This documentary just makes me want to sit in front of his photos for hours!
* Insights into how his photography and extensive time in the wilderness shaped his philosophy/worldview.
* Insights into how he exposed and developed photographs to reveal what he saw as he took the pictures--his embrace of realism.
* The television screen is not an ideal place to view Adams' photos. Ric Burns did a great job of panning and zooming to allow us to experience Adams' work, but if you're really interested in Adams, you need to buy some of his prints or a coffee table book or find a museum with a collection of Adams photos. This is not Ric Burns fault--he did an amazing job telling this story.
If you are interested in Ansel Adams, photography, or even just interested in art and the creative process, this is an excellent film. Highly recommended.
Covers the life of AA, is trial and tribulations, his highs and lows. It also covers some of his greatest accomplishments as well as is personal achievements.
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Many of the photos are breathtaking but cannot be adequately portrayed on screen; they are panned and zoomed to depict entire image but you lose the totality of the entire composition. Nevertheless, the documentary is a good introduction to a larger than life image on both ends of a camera lens.
My only complaint is that it was in a soundbite form. I don't know who designed the program that but they could have focused on one person or another instead of person A, and B, and C, and a, and B, and c, again and again and so forth so forth so forth. It breaks the continuity of thought.
For me the experience is enhanced because I've been to most of these places several times. I hope to go back again. I've also been intrigued with the mechanics of photography before it became the digital age. I'm now still interested in digital photography. But photography aside by the time that you get to the end of this program you will feel that you've lost your only friend.
This presentation gave me a different way of looking at life and being conservative with what nature has brought us.
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The great photographer who will be the Michaelangelo of Still imagery in the near future.Published 14 months ago by robert stallard
Loved it!! My friend has an old Ansel Adams and the sun faded it out. Sad, sad.Published 17 months ago by Jacqueline
Ansel was an amazing guy, and especially able to teach others.Published 19 months ago by John D. Funaro
PBS with Josh Hamilton have created a superb documentary on the life of Ansel Adams. I enjoyed it very much!!!Published on July 19, 2013 by N B
If your are a fan of Ansel Adams this is the DVD to watch. PBS always delivers a quality piece on their subjects and this is no different from the rest.Published on June 24, 2013 by Mary Tomczak