Ansel Adams – photographer, musician, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher – was a giant in the field of landscape photography. His work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the “sublime” in the unspoiled Western landscape.
Most museumgoers are only familiar with the heroic, high- gloss, high-contrast prints that Adams manufactured to order in the 1970s-80s, coinciding with the emergence of the first retail galleries devoted to photography. Much less familiar are the intimate prints, rich in the middle tones that Adams crafted earlier in his career. The exhibition focuses on the masterful small-scale prints made by Adams from the 1920s into the 1950s.
Organized by Art2Art Circulating Exhibitions, Ansel Adams: Early Works includes 41 photographic prints from the collection of Michael P. Mattis and Judy Hochberg, including a rare print of Moonrise, Hernandez (New Mexico) and the earliest known print of Clearing Winter Storm taken from Inspiration Point, his most celebrated Yosemite view.