- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ansel Adams; Reprint edition (November 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082122865X
- ISBN-13: 978-0821228654
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A book that's also art."―The New York Times, Publishers Weekly
"Long after the museum tour of Ansel Adams at 100 ends, this book will endure as a vital document of his vast contribution to the art of landscape."―San Diego Union Tribune
"[Szarkowski's] incisive biographical essay and reproductions worthy of Adams' exacting standards make [the book] a fitting monument to an American visionary."―Artnews
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In a career that spanned over six decades, Ansel Adams was at once America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. A master photographer, teacher and naturalist, the profound impact of his work continues to expand as each generation discovers the magnificent, luminous beauty of his art.
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reproduced images are likely the closest most of us will get to seeing his work
as he visualized. For anyone seriously interested in photographic legacy and history, the book
is a 'must have,' along with "Edward Weston's 50 Years."
An excellent companion volume to 'AA at 100' is Adams' "Examples: The Making of
40 Photographs." In this book, AA offers both technical and anecdotal notes for many
of his iconic images.
Szarkowski, Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, often selects unexpected and unfamiliar prints in his collection. The book is great in every way. It was printed in tritones at Meridian Printing on paper made in Toulouse, France. The plates are scaled to reflect the relative size of the original photographs; the book and slipcase are bound in a linen cloth made in the Netherlands. It is a fitting tribute to Ansel Adams' art.
Adams' pictures define for me what the term landscape means. This is a great collection of his work and should serve provide a firm foundation for Adams' elevation from a photographer to an artist.
Of course, no two photographers will ever agree as to what photos should have been included in this massive retrospective -- outside of the obvious ones like "Moonrise Over Hernandez County" -- but every photographer who looks at this book should find inspiration in Ansel's inimitable "eye" that saw, and captured on film, the ordinary and transformed it into the extraordinary; a photographer who saw the extraordinary and transformed it into the sublime.
As for the text: I think an academic perspective is certainly appropriate for such a retrospective, but I would dearly have loved to see a piece by, say, Joseph Holmes (NATURAL LIGHT--a gorgeous collection of photos) or another photographer to give it, so to speak, a "through the lens" perspective.
Although there are other coffee-table sized books published of Ansel Adams's work, this one sets a high watermark and, as such, should find a permanent place in the library of every serious photographer, aspiring photographer, or anyone with a sense of beauty who can appreciate the rare and wonderful talent that is Ansel Adams.