Is Ansel Adams Overrated? (Nah, Couldn’t Be)

Is Ansel Adams Overrated? (Nah, Couldn’t Be)

Thirty-five years after his death, Ansel Adams is still one of the most popular (and most searched) photographers. He spent a lifetime creating some of the iconic images in the history of photography primarily using an 8×10 camera and black-and-white film. He developed the Zone System with Fred Archer, wrote numerous books, vigorously corresponded with contemporary artists, and advocated for the environment through the use of photography.

But has nostalgia for the avuncular photographer led us to overrate his impact on the art and industry of photography? In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen go back in history to talk about Adams’ many accomplishments, and why they think there’s no possibility of overrating his skill and mark on the art form.

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  2. Kevin at 12:34 pm

    Not a chance in the Universe. I cut my teeth on his images, pouring over them for hours on end, acquiring all his books. Although B&W is an abstract medium in itself, Ansel Adams’ landscape work has done more to inspire emotional essence of being able to stand in the place where each photo was taken than any other Artist in the realm of photography. A bold claim I know, but now that I am in my 6th decade as an photographer, I have seen a lot of other artists.

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