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Ansel Adams: Early Works

Discover the early work of renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams in this exhibition of intimate yet majestic photos of the American West.

June 11 – Oct. 1, 2023

Freyer – Newman Center

Known best for his high-contrast photos made in the 1970s and 1980s, Adams’ earlier prints feature a softer focus, smaller scale and warmer tones, providing a glimpse into the evolution of the photographer’s signature style. This collection spans the 1920s-1950s and features a number of Adams’ finest photographs of Yosemite National Park and other Western landscapes.


About the Artist 

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a giant in the field of landscape photography, as well as an environmentalist, musician, explorer, critic and teacher. His work captured the sublime beauty of the unspoiled Western landscape, from Arizona to Alaska. In 1919, at the age of 17, Adams began working as a caretaker in Yosemite National Park, and eventually he returned to live there in a small photography studio. Adams’ landscape photography was deeply entwined with his environmental conservation efforts, especially in his work photographing national parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1968, Adams was awarded the Department’s highest civilian honor, the Conservation Service Award. 

Ansel Adams: Early Works is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. All photographs are from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

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