Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams



One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. Although many of Adams’s images are now iconic, his early work has remained largely unknown. In the first book dedicated to the beginnings of Adams’s career, Rebecca A. Senf argues that these early insights into many aspects of the artist’s mature oeuvre.

Drawing on copious archival research, Senf traces the first three decades of Adams’s photographic practices- beginning with an amateur album made during his childhood and culminating with his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s. Highlighting the artist’s persistence in forging a career path and his remarkable illustrated volume also looks at the significance of the artist’s environmentalism, including his involvement with the Sierra Club.


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Weight 2.68 lbs
Dimensions 8.2 × 1 × 10.2 in

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