March 2, 2002
Ansel Adams was a great artist, but I am confident he is turning over in his grave at the destruction being wreaked on his beloved planet ("America's Wilderness Eye," editorial, Feb. 23). Today he would be photographing the growing deserts, the crumbling glaciers, the once-snow-covered mountains now dry and barren, the dwindling fisheries, the destruction from the exaggerated weather patterns. We are now on an accelerating path to extinction of species in nature. Since we belong to nature, that includes our species.
February 23, 2002
Ansel Adams was a craftsman, artist, visionary, teacher, conservationist, mountaineer, jovial raconteur and the nation's premier landscape photographer. He is receiving a new burst of attention as the exhibit, "Ansel Adams at 100," tours the the U.S. and Europe on the centennial of Adams' birth Feb. 20, 1902. A companion book of the same title has been published by Little, Brown and Co.
January 11, 2002
"Concentration camp" is the correct designation for Manzanar ("Manzanar Building to Be Visitor Center," Jan. 7). As a young boy I met many former detainees of my own age and never believed it was anything but a concentration camp. My wife and I visited the site in 1999, and I saw nothing there that would have changed my opinion. The Museum of Eastern California in Independence holds a large number of artifacts. Viewing these relics was very instructive. We were also fortunate to see the Ansel Adams photographic exhibit on the camp.
August 19, 2001
Re "Ansel Adams, in Sharper Focus" (by Judith Coburn, Aug. 12): The article seems to be urging art lovers to view the centennial of Adams' craft because of his choice of landscapes, his decisions on composition, and the ability to capture a scene at the optimum time of day. If Coburn hadn't dropped the word "photography" in occasionally, you might think Adams worked in oils or watercolors. Photographers, working in black-and-white, know that anyone can travel to Yosemite and take the identical pictures he did. What makes him great, and is never mentioned in Coburn's and curator John Szarkowski's praise, is his mastery of the silver gelatin medium, his total control of the tonal scale and tonal separation.
August 12, 2001 |
On Aug. 4, "Ansel Adams at 100," the first major retrospective of the photographer's work since his death in 1984, opened at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. Curated by John Szarkowski, director of the department of photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art from 1962 to 1991, the show commemorates Adams' centennial (he was born Feb. 20, 1902) and offers a fresh interpretation. Now as famous for posters and postcards as for fine art, Adams is something of a pop figure.
December 7, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor" (HIST, 3-3:30 p.m.) and "Remembering WWII: Pearl Harbor" (HIST, 8-9 p.m.) These documentaries examine theories of survivors, experts and historians about U.S. political and military intelligence miscalculations that may have contributed to the success of the Japanese attack on Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.