Ansel Adams Photographs

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984), <em>Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California</em>, 1944, gelatin silver print. Mrs. Lorraine Gallagher Friemann Fund, 1975.066. ©2013 Ansel Adams Publishing RIghts Trust.

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984), Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944, gelatin silver print. Mrs. Lorraine Gallagher Friemann Fund, 1975.066. ©2013 Ansel Adams Publishing RIghts Trust.

Stairwell Gallery November 1, 2013–January 12, 2014

One of the most remarkable American photographers of the 20th century, Ansel Adams transformed his medium through stirring images of nature.  

Born and raised in San Francisco, he first visited Yosemite at age 14, and later documented his family’s annual visits to the national park with his Kodak No. 1 camera.  In 1919 Adams joined the Sierra Club, and the first solo exhibition of his work was presented at the club’s headquarters in 1928.  By then the photographer had developed a personal visual style that combined careful observation with an ability to capture fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.

He used camera and darkroom to manipulate tone in compositions that he “preconceived” when confronting his subjects in the field.  Adams became a noted expert in photographic technique, and his 10 volumes on the process remain standard references. 

This Snite Museum of Art installation of four black and white photographs from its collection is presented in association with the traveling exhibition, Ansel Adams: Masterworks, on view at the South Bend Museum of Art through January 12, 2014.