Mountains to the Sea
Ansel Adams, Photographing in Yosemite National Park from atop his car, 1942, Courtesy of the Cedric Wright Family.
The current retrospective at the Royal Museums in Greenwich, London, that runs through 28 April, 2013, offers a rare chance to see Ansel Adams spectacular images exhibited on a large-scale in the UK. Ansel Adams is the most popular and arguably the most influential photographer in American history. Famous for dramatic and evocative landscapes, he produced iconic and beautiful images of American nature. The forests, mountains and coastlines of the US provided a rich environment for Adams’s pioneering photography, and this exhibition brings together his most powerful and striking pictures of water in all its forms, from awe-inspiring images of epic seascapes, dramatic rapids and geysers, to crashing waterfalls, placid ponds, raging rivers and beautiful ice-locked landscapes.
Ansel Adams, Grand Tetons and Snake River, 1942, Silver print, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, CA, 1944, Silver print, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin in Memory of Marjorie and Leonard Vernon.
Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, 1942, Silver print, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
Fluid, ephemeral, unpredictable, and powerful, mountains and water brought presence, dynamic motion and feeling to his pictures, and provided Adams with a persistent source of inspiration and opportunity for experimentation both in his art and his photographic process. Adams was a true pioneer whose influence continues to be felt to this day. Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea is a must-see exhibition for lovers of photography. To witness the dramatic beauty of over 100 original prints of his work, and be moved by its inspirational and elemental power. The perfect chance to be reminded why Ansel Adams is so revered, and a great antidote to the Instagrammified way in which landscape photography is often viewed today.
The exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA with support by David H. Arrington and the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona -which holds the largest archive of Adams’ work.
Royal Museums Greenwich in London comprises three sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. Together these constitute one museum working to illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.