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.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Google Trends: Ansel Adams & Annie Leibovitz
- The Most Misread Poem in America via The Paris Review
- Ansel Adams’ Letters 1916-1984
- Ansel Adams Photographer Part 1 (1958)
- Group f/64
- Ansel Adams in Color
- Ansel Adams The Negative
- Ansel Adams at 100
- Manzanar National Historic Site: Ansel Adams Gallery
- Dallas Holocaust Museum (@dhhrm_org)
- See Hawaii Through the Eyes of Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams
- National Park Service Artist-in-Residence program
- Photographer Stan Honda in Haleakala National Park (@stanhonda)
- The Role of the Artist in the Environmental Movement
- Famed Photographer Sebastião Salgado Plants Two Million Trees With His Wife And 20 Years Later, Creates New Forest
- Bolsonaro has blessed ‘brutal’ assault on Amazon, sacked scientist warns
- Ansel Adams: Master Photographer, Master Marketer
- Drive a Datsun, Plant a Tree
- Ansel Adams BBC Master Photographers (1983)
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