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Museum of Photographic Arts – Balboa Park, San Diego

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ansel Adam’s black and white photography should be a national treasure – just like many of the national parks he shot – if it isn’t already.

The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego is displaying this exhibit through October 4, 2009.

Ansel Adams: A Life's Work

Ansel Adam’s: A Life’s Work is a collection (those are just some of the photos) that begins from his late 20s onward.

Yeah yeah, nature photography these days is played out but Ansel had some magic back then. He injected richness into blacks, whites, and every shade in between. Whether it was a towering mountain or a slender tree, he had the ability to make both look just as majestic as the other. I’m ready to pitch a tent!

It’s interesting to read his philosophy behind his commercial work. I love this quote – it really does characterize the struggle of an artist.

“IĀ have little use for studentsĀ or artists who scorn commercial photography as a form of prostitution…Let them pay the bills!..I struggled with a great variety of assignments through the years. Some I enjoyed., some I detested, but learned from them all.”

For art’s sake, three prints of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico are displayed next to each other – chronicling his difficulty over the years to get the print just right.

There’s even a short video piece of Ansel, bearded, wrinkled, in dark-rimmed glasses – talking about his developing process. It’s nice to hear him in his own words.

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