Ansel Adams: A Biography

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The next best thing to being in nature is an Ansel Adam’s photograph. Next to the art of photography which he revolutionized, Adams was also a friend to the earth; a founder of the Sierra Club and defender of the National Park System.

Ansel was born in San Francisco to liberal parents who nurtured his artistry in both music and photography. Adams was a gifted pianist which may have influenced the lyricism one experiences in his photographs. His parents did not insist on a formal education, but rather used direct exposure to art, nature and literature to mold Adam’s passionate character.

Mary Street Alinder was Adam’s assistant and caretaker for five years at the end of his life. She was co-author with Adams of a previous biography and had access to his inner circle, family and friends. She does not whitewash Adams, but also presents his failings which seem to stem from his excitable enthusiastic nature. He married young and had two children, but never became a family man. Adams wandered the country for great pictures perhaps to the detriment of his personal life. This book is essential for photographers and interesting for any reader.


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Author Mary Street Alinder
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 415pages
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date 2014-Oct-14
ISBN 9781620408001
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Issue January 2015
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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