A new Ansel Adams exhibit captures the American outdoors as it was meant to be seen.
Ansel Adams (1902–1984) devoted his life to documenting the American West in all its wild, rolling beauty. His striking black and white pictures have an extraordinary clarity, depth and sense of scale: The Washington Post wrote in 1931, “like portraits of the giant peaks, which seem to be inhabited by mythical gods.”
Now, in a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, some of the great outdoorsman’s most iconic imagery is to be on display, including work never before seen in the UK. Crashing waterfalls, rolling seas and breathtaking mountains are all preserved for time immemorial, in over 100 exquisite prints. The lyrics of “America the Beautiful” have never been more true.
Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea, is at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 9 November to 28 April 2013.
Top to bottom: Yosemite National Park, California, about 1937; Northern Cascades, Washington, 1960; Marin County, California, 1962. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust