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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Ansel Adams long felt that color photography was not art and not consistent with his vision of his own photography. What we have in this volume are almost totally unpublished and unexhibited images from his transparencies that he chose not to publish or exhibit. In other words, these are mostly his rejects. So, this is like pawing through his working files of sketches rather than his finished work, in an unauthorized way. How does that make you feel? Hmmm.
For me, the benefit of this volume was to better understand the brilliance of how his processing of black and white images played into the success of his best work. This book contains 50 images that clearly do not have the full Ansel Adams feel and impact.
The strength of this volume is the plenitude of material on what Adams had to say about color photography in general and his own. These points are nicely characterized in the essay by James L. Enyeart. One of the key problems for Adams was that he could "see" the final black and white image he wanted to create in his mind before taking a photograph, but could not "see" the color image in advance. He was not one to take hundreds of exposures hoping to have one or two turn out to be interesting. The art of photography for him was always a deliberate one, not an accidental process. While many color photographers used Polaroid stills as tests in this way, Adams did not want to do so.
Another problem was that early color processing did not allow him the control over the final image that black and white processing did.Read more ›
"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.
I can guess at the motives of the people behind this book (who knew Adams, and had to have known of his opinion regarding this aspect of his own work), and they should be ashamed of themselves.
-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.
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Ansel Adams is best known for his iconic black and white photography, but what he shot in color is just as stunning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VoxLuna
Decades ago, I remember being surprised to come across a book in a library on Hawaii with fading color photographs by Ansel Adams. Shocking. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Dziadecki
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 on July 28, 2014 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