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.
February 7, 2000 |
Yosemite was a constant touchstone in the life of Virginia Best Adams, the sometimes collaborator, sometimes publisher and overall steadying influence in the life of her husband, the late photographer Ansel Adams. But her roots to Yosemite, the park her husband helped make famous in his classic photographs of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley, took hold much earlier and flourished far longer than the better-known Ansel's.
July 7, 1996 |
ANSEL ADAMS: A Biography By Mary Street Alinder (Henry Holt: $30, 489 pp.). An English major and registered nurse married to a photographer, Mary Street Alinder brought unique credentials when she became Ansel Adams' executive assistant in 1979. Alinder worked closely with Adams in the last four years of his life, running his day-to-day affairs, helping him to complete his autobiography and tending to his worsening health.