Ansel Adams: The National Parks Service Photographs
By: Ansel Adams (author), Alice Gray (contributor)Hardback
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In 1941 Ansel Adams was hired by the United States Department of the Interior to photograph America's national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country's natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced this group of breathtaking images, which illustrate both his early innovations and the shape of his later, legendary career as America's foremost landscape photographer.The invitation to photograph the nation's parklands was the perfect assignment for Adams, as it allowed him to express his deepest convictions as artist, conservationist, and citizen. These stunning photographs of the natural geysers and terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks and ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers and majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many other evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams' technical and aesthetic inventiveness.
In these glorious, seminal images we see the inspired reverence for the wilderness that has made Ansel Adams' work an enduring influence on the intertwining spirits of art and environmentalism, both so necessary for the preservation of our natural world.
Ansel Adams (1902--1984) is the author of more than a dozen books and one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed photographers of the twentieth century. He helped establish the department of photography at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art and founded The Friends of Photography in Carmel, California, and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A member of the board of directors of the Sierra Club for thirty-seven years, Adams was instrumental in the growth of the American conservationist movement. Alice Gray is a writer and editor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in such publications as Art & Auction and ARTnews.
Introduction by Alice Gray 6 Kings River Canyon, California 22 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 64 Native Americans and Their Lands 112 Zion National Park, Utah 162 Saguaro National Monument, Arizona Death Valley National Monument, California Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico 180 Boulder Dam, Colorado 208 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 222 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 256 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 276 Glacier National Park, Montana 318 Bibliography 350 Index 351
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