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Ansel Adams: Examples opens at the Center for Creative Photography

There's a new exhibit on the iconic photographer giving us a window into his world.

Ansel Adams: Examples opens Saturday, February 23 in the Heritage Gallery at the Center of Creative Photography. The exhibition is based on Adams’s book Examples: the Making of 40 Photographs which attempted to answer a question Adams was frequently asked, “How did you make this photograph?” Examples pairs original prints, both iconic and lesser-known, and archival materials from the Center’s collection with text from the book written by Adams, affording viewers an unprecedented opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Adams’s work. The exhibition is curated by the Center’s Chief Curator Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., an Adams scholar and author of a forthcoming book on his early work – Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams (expected February 2020 through Yale University Press).

Taking the book as its template Ansel Adams: Examples draws upon the Center for Creative Photography’s collection of Adams’ work to realize the premise of “Examples” with original prints and archival materials. Paired with text from the book, written by Adams himself, the exhibition affords viewers and unprecedented opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Adams’ work.

“Adams appreciated that many more people would see his work reproduced in  books than in  person,  so he was deeply invested in sharing his photographs in book form,” says  Senf.”Examples is a brilliant instance of this.”

The third annual Ansel Adams birthday celebration will take place with  a free public celebration on Saturday, February 23 from 12:00-4:00 PMThe public celebration is the official opening of the exhibition and a family-friendly celebration of Adams’s work. Guests will enjoy a vintage camera display, hands-on family activities, a photo booth, birthday cake, and a presentation by Mark Burns at 1:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.


Ansel Adams: Examples

February 23 – May 4, 2019

Center for Creative Photography Heritage Gallery Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday, 1:00-4:00 PM

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