February 20, 2011

Worth a thousand words

This is the birth date of Ansel Adams. He was born in 1902 and died in 1984.  Not  only a talented photographer, he was also our guide to the spectacular beauty of the country.  In 1941, he went to work for the government, taking a series of stunning photographs of national parks.  And, as we’ve seen, he took a great series of photos at the Japanese relocation camp at Manzanar.  Prints developed by Adams himself are astronomically expensive, but you can get archival quality prints of his government work – which we all own – from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division duplication services. Prices start at $35.

Here is a wonderful Manzanar photo, followed by examples from his national park series:

Richard Kobayashi, 1943.

The Tetons and the Snake River.

Leaves in Glacier National Park.

Church, Taos Pueblo.



  1. absolutely gorgeous photos! =)


    Comment by nina c — February 20, 2011 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

  2. (caught up) 🙂


    Comment by nina c — February 20, 2011 @ 11:57 pm | Reply



    Comment by avery — February 21, 2011 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  4. Loved revisiting Ansel Adams ! One of his Half Dome prints graces a spot near our front door. We bought it at Yosemite in the 70’s as a print made under his supervision. It is one of the items I would grab to take out of the house if it was on fire!


    Comment by Celia Carroll — February 23, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

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