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Ansel Adams
1902-1984, San Francisco
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Among the most popular photographers in the world, Ansel Adams dedicated his whole life to nature, making a decisive contribution to consolidating the notion of the American wilderness in the collective imagination.

Born in San Francisco only a few years before the catastrophic 1906 earthquake, he spent his childhood among the nearby Golden Gate dunes. His extraordinary bond with nature blossomed into an outright passion during his first visit to the Yosemite National Park. At the age of just 14, Adams took his first shots of the park which was to become one of the main subjects throughout his entire career, besides the many other American natural areas. It was in the late 1920s that, thanks to Paul Strand, Adams came into contact with the principles of “straight photography”, of which he would become one of the key exponents. And it was those principles—revolving around the purity and autonomy of photography as an expressive medium—that underpinned the work of the f/64 group, which Adams founded in 1932 together with Edward Weston, Sonya Noskowiak and Imogen Cunningham, among others. The very name of the group also ideologically represents its manifesto: f/64 is the smallest possible aperture of the lens, and as such allows for the greatest depth of field and the maximum sharpness of the image, both in the foreground and in the distance.

Adams believed that it was fundamental to visualize the desired image prior to printing and even prior to exposure in order to create photographs of which the ultimate aim—in his case—was to reflect what one feels when faced with the marvels of nature.

For him, the wilderness is both a state of mind and of heart, a right to be defended against the growing threats of phenomena such as mass tourism, industrial expansion, and the encroachment of consumerism. An actively committed environmentalist, Adams was to spearhead numerous campaigns over his lifetime. His photographs however show not so much reality and the growing causes of contemporary ruin as the breathtaking wonder of the pristine natural environment.

Flags of America

CIAC, Foligno

19 marzo - 10 luglio 2016

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Flags of America

The major American authors of 1940s/1970s

15th December | 7th April 2013

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Ansel Adams

Nature is my Kingdom

16th September | 29th January 2012

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Ansel Adams

Pinnacles, Alabama Hills, Owens Valley, California, 1945
gelatin silver print
39,5 x 48 cm
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

Nevada Fall, Rainbow, Yosemite Valley, 1947
gelatin silver print
24 x 18,5 cm
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

Mt. Goode From North, North Cascades National Park, Washington, 1958
gelatin silver print
32.5 x 24 cm
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

Large Cottonwood Tree, Washington, 1958
gelatin silver print
33,5 x 26,5 cm
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

El Capitan, 1923 ca.
gelatin silver print
14 x 19 cm
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

Cypress, Pebble Beach, California, 1967
gelatin silver print
25,5 x 32, 5 cm
© 2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams

Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, Northern California, 1960 ca.
gelatin silver print
24 x 29 cm
© 2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

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