An exhibition of works by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), one of the United States’ most celebrated photographers is currently on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum until early December 2013.
Known for his spectacular black and white images of mountains, rivers and the sea, Adams has captured the epic proportions of the American landscape from New England to Yosemite and Alaska to Hawaii.
Ansel Adams – Photography from the Mountains to the Sea is an exhibition of more than 70 photographs taken between 1918 and 1968 feature iconic images such as The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park from 1942.
Perhaps less well known but equally extraordinary works such as the Shipwreck Series, Lands End, San Francisco, ca.1934, and Orchard Cliff, Snow, Yosemite National Park.
The exhibition focuses on Adams’ exploration and fascination with water in the landscape including waves and sea pools, waterfalls, mist and clouds, geysers and ice, and offers a fresh perspective on his singular career.
“In addition to his well known commissions, this exhibition allows visitors to see the pictures that Adams made for himself,” says Museum Director Kevin Sumption.
“These personal and sometimes experimental images express his thoughts about the natural world and often push the boundaries between realism and abstraction.”
Ansel Adams – Photography from the Mountains to the Sea is organised by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Support for the exhibition was provided by David H. Arrington, and the Center of Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
Ansel Adams – Photography from the Mountains to the Sea
Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney
On exhibition to 8 December 2013
Entry fees apply
For more information, visit: www.anmm.gov.au for details
Image: Ansel Adams, Waves, Dillon Beach, 1964.