25 October 2013

Review: Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies

Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies I have always associated photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) with the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. What I didn't know was that one of his earliest photography expeditions was to the Canadian Rockies.

In 1928, he was picked as the official (though unpaid) photographer for a Sierra Club trip to Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park in, respectively, Alberta and British Columbia.

That summer marked a time of change for Adams: he was a newlywed and was just beginning to make a name for himself as photographer. The requirements of the Canadian trip forced him to juggle his budding artistic vision with the practical job of recording the sights for the Sierra Club and the paying participants.

The stunning photographs collected in Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies are accompanied by sparse text, some of it in Adams's own words (a letter to his wife and an extract from his autobiography). He was clearly moved by what he saw; the wilderness and majesty of the Canadian mountains offered such a contrast from the California Sierras.

Ansel Adams: in the public domainThe black-and-white photos collected in Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies are simply beautiful and awe inspiring. In addition, these amazing images provide a glimpse of Adams as a young artist as well as offer a record of what has been lost to climate change and development.

Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies would make a special gift for the photographers and art lovers on your holiday list. I plan to keep this one for myself, however, allowing Adams's work to transport me to a place of timeless beauty.

Note on the photo: Photo of Ansel Adams taken by J. Malcolm Greany in about 1950; in the public domain (click image to view full size).

Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780316243414
Source: Review (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy).


Sandy Nawrot 10/25/13, 6:30 AM  

Definitely his black and white photos are iconic...it is almost a brand. You see black and white, and that is what you think of, whether it's really his work or not. I'm sure this is a gorgeous book!

bermudaonion 10/25/13, 7:21 AM  

He had quite an eye. I find his work so impressive because it was taken before everything was digitized. I bet that book is gorgeous!!

grammajudyb 10/25/13, 9:36 AM  

I have always loved Ansel Adams' photography. I don't know much about him though. This would be a good book to check out. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 10/25/13, 10:14 AM  

Adams' work is so beautiful. My sister is a photographer and her photo teacher in college (in Colorado) was trained by Adams. He taught them with Adams' actual techiniques. So cool.

Beth Hoffman 10/25/13, 10:21 AM  

Oh my gosh, I must buy this book! I've loved his work for as long as I can remember.

Daryl 10/25/13, 1:30 PM  

i may need to hint around that i would love this book and see if anyone buys it for me

Heather 10/26/13, 8:59 AM  

Oh, how I love Ansel Adams! I took photography in college, it was all black & white, and how I wished I could be even a tenth as good as he was. I bet this book is gorgeous.

Alice 10/28/13, 2:55 AM  

I love black and whites and Ansel Adams was a maestro. I loved his works.

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