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Martin Museum of Art to Feature Ansel Adams' Photographs

Sept. 1, 2013

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University is pleased to announce that it will host an exhibition of renowned photographer Ansel Adams titled: "Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail. The black and white photographs, which are mostly gelatin silver prints, are 29 of Adams' most iconic pieces and are part of a selection of the Bank of America Collection.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) is a world-renowned photographer, writer, lecturer, and environmentalist who is considered one of America's greatest photographers. He is most known for his technical mastery of photography. His black and white images show nature with an intensity and purity that creates a sense of magnificence. Viewers are impacted by the experience of natural beauty and clarity within the frame. Adams published eight portfolios from 1927-1976 of his original prints, ten volumes of technical manuals, and authored nearly four-dozen books.

Adams was born in San Francisco, California in 1902. From a very young age he was drawn to nature and the outdoors and his love for the environment would eventually become the subject of his work and photographs. During a family vacation to Yosemite National Park in 1916, Adams life, which at that time was being focused on becoming a musician, was turned upside down when he was given a camera, a Kodak Brownie candy box, by his father. With that gift Adams began the mingling of what would be his two true passions in life: nature and photography. Later on Adams worked with the Sierra Club, a group who was dedicated to preserving the natural wonders of the world, as a summer intern when he was 17 in Yosemite Park. Little did he know the lasting impact that his experience would have on him throughout his life; he would go on to create some of the most iconic images not only of the Yosemite landscape, but of the American landscape as well.

The details and the light that he captures in his photographs are remarkable and have secured his place in history. Adams worked throughout his life to make photography a legitimate and authentic art form and eventually succeeded, which contributed to his massive legacy. Adams continues to influence the realm of art and photography; especially through the "zone system" he created. The "zone system" is an advancement that Adams made in the development and exposure process that continues to help artists to this day.

"Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail" will run September 10- November 14. There will be a reception and gallery talk by Rebecca Senf, curator of photography, Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Ansel Adams Archive in the Martin Museum of Art, September 26 5:30-7. The museum will host a Free Lunch Monday, which will include complimentary lunch and informal chat with Baylor photography professors in the museum on Monday, October 21 12-1:00pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required by October 11. For reservations please call 254-710-6390. These events are free and the public is cordially invited.


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