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May 14, 2006 | Colin Westerbeck
1994 * Ansel Adams owns Yosemite Valley, photographically. His pictures have made this California landmark an international destination for tourists, many of whom, like the one seen here, are photo hobbyists trying to make Ansel Adamses of their own. The picture of this sightseer was made by a streetwise New York photographer who was prospecting for a different kind of gold, trying to stake his own claim on Yosemite.
February 2, 2003 | Barbara Isenberg, Special to The Times
Ansel Adams rarely acknowledged Sundays or holidays. Until just a few months before he died -- at 82 on Easter Sunday, 1984 -- the photographer was in his darkroom nearly every day. The only difference was that on Sundays, his assistant didn't come by, and he'd complain that he couldn't get as much done. Photographer John Sexton, a onetime Adams assistant, recalls a particularly frustrating morning for Adams in 1980.
January 4, 1987 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
This is a special winter for remembering Ansel Adams at Yosemite, a season that has been drawing visitors even without early snow for downhill skiing on the slopes of Badger Pass. It's a season brought into focus by the poetic words and photographs in "Ansel Adams--An Autobiography," in its third printing and becoming a kind of guidebook to this best known of all national parks. Each page opens vistas through the life story of the photographer who was a legend long before his death in 1984.
January 30, 2003
ART Adams, Sargent on display Ansel Adams, America's foremost landscape photographer, was born 100 years ago this year. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art commemorates this anniversary with "Ansel Adams at 100," an exhibition organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art containing more than 100 photographs spanning his career. LACMA pairs the Adams show with an exhibition of works by John Singer Sargent.
November 26, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds
TWENTY-TWO years after his death and four years after his centennial, photographer Ansel Adams is getting as much museum attention as ever. Maybe more. Four Southern California museums have shows up or coming in which Adams' images play central or key supporting roles. At the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles through Feb.
March 12, 2006
Ansel Adams' words in 1944 should be a cautionary warning about what the U.S. government is now doing by detaining, interrogating, abusing and deporting Muslims in America ("In Manzanar's Shadow, a Plea for Racial Equality," Rearview Mirror, Feb. 19). In 1988, the U.S. government officially apologized for the internment of Japanese Americans, saying it was based on "race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership." Sounds all too familiar. Can we put a stop to what is happening now, or must we wait 40 years for an "apology"?
October 8, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently landed the late Marjorie and Leonard Vernon's collection of about 3,500 photographs in a gift/purchase arrangement. But the collectors' daughter, Carol Vernon, and her husband, Robert Turbin, have decided to give a related trove of about 3,000 photographic books and journals to Scripps College in Claremont. The donation, to be used by students, faculty and scholars, includes entire sets of periodicals and rare volumes on key figures such as Peter Henry Emerson, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Ansel Adams.
November 12, 2006 | Colin Westerbeck
"Yosemite: Art of an American Icon," Part II, is on view at the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West in Griffith Park through April 22, 2007. * Ansel Adams is America's most over-appreciated photographer.
Renowned wilderness photographer and mountain climber Galen Rowell and his photographer wife, Barbara, were killed in the crash of a private airplane early Sunday morning just south of the airport in Bishop, Calif. The twin-engine charter aircraft, an Aero Commander 690-B, crashed about 1:24 a.m. as it made its final approach to the airfield in the town on the eastern flank of the Sierra, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. The pilot and all three passengers were killed.
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 | JUDITH COBURN, Judith Coburn is a freelance writer who lives in Northern California
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.
August 21, 1987 | MARLENA DONOHUE
Early in his photographic work, shortly after giving up a promising career as a concert pianist, the young Ansel Adams criticized work that "makes more of its subjects than they are in the strict photographic sense." This artistic prejudice was obvious in the photographer's heroic, sweeping but always realistic natural vistas. An intimate show of work mainly from the '30s and '40s distills a good sample of his vision.
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.
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.
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