"Ansel Adams: Classic Images" @ Robert Mann Gallery

Thunderstorm, Yosemite Valley, 1945 silver print 14.75 x 19 inches

One of our favorites out right now is “Ansel Adams: Classic Images” at Robert Mann Gallery. Presenting some of both Adams' best-known photographs as well as stellar lesser-seen works—including several vintage prints dating back to the artist's very early career in the 1920s—this collection by the legendary photographer spans the grand scope of his Western landscapes. Seminal images such as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and El Capitan Sunrise, Winter, Yosemite National Park, CA showcase Adams' gift for dramatic truth: deep black skies loom over sleeping, ivory-lit villages, and halcyon clouds frame chiaroscuro cliffs above the forest floor. As Adams once said, "Sometimes I think I do get to places just when God is ready to have somebody click the shutter," (Interview with Milton Esterow, ArtNews, 1984).

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was born in San Francisco, California, and took up photography at the age of 14. Given a camera by his parents upon a trip to Yosemite National Park, Adams quickly fell for the rugged vistas that would continue to inspire his life's work. Adams began working with the Sierra Club, and in the course of coming years met noted photographers Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and finally Alfred Stieglitz, who presented the first solo show of Adams' work at his New York gallery, An American Place. Soon after, Adams assisted with the foundation of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art and would curate several exhibitions there throughout the coming years.

Ansel Adams: Classic Images
Through December 6th, 2014
Robert Mann Gallery
525 W 26th Street
212-989-7600

 

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