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My camera in the national parks; 30 photographs with interpretative text and informative material on the parks and monuments and photographic data / by Ansel Adams

Author: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library; Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Publisher: Yosemite National Park, Virginia Adams ; Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1950
Edition/Format:   Computer file : English
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A Photographic Look at the New American West. -- The landscape of the American West has long been a subject for photographers. The advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century and the development of easier methods of photographic reproduction corresponded with the western expansion of the nation. Photographic documentation augmented the reports issued as part of the United States Geological Survey of the
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Genre/Form: image
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library; Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
OCLC Number: 360993905
Language Note: English
Notes: mau
Description: 97 p. : 30 ill. ; 37 cm

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A Photographic Look at the New American West. -- The landscape of the American West has long been a subject for photographers. The advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century and the development of easier methods of photographic reproduction corresponded with the western expansion of the nation. Photographic documentation augmented the reports issued as part of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories and photography was capturing the wondrous archaeological discoveries being made, as well as capturing the vestiges of Native American culture. Civic boosters, hotel resorts and railway lines were using photography in promotional material to woo visitors to the western states. -- The post-World War II American West was a very different place. As the public claimed what was once open space for development the wilderness that characterized the west became increasingly scarce and therefore more precious. Remaining wilderness areas, such as the National Parks, provided photographic inspiration for photographers beyond the mere documentary, ornamental, or promotional. Images of the West became, in addition, a vehicle for personal expression, whether it was the awe-inspiring grandeur revealed by Ansel Adams, the bittersweet nostalgia expressed by Wright Morris, or the ubiquitous, scarring hand of man found in the work of Robert Adams. -- All of the works shown are from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library.

Item exhibited open (no. 4 -- Jupiter Terrace)

Exhibition webpage: http://www.clarkart.edu/museum_programs/exhibitions_past_detail.cfm?EID=65

Adams' timeless photographs suggest the sublime grandeur of the American Western landscape. He was passionate about land conservation and a long-time board member of the Sierra Club, which utilized many of his images in their promotional and lobbying material. The present work, with its luminous images printed on Kromekote paper, is a visual paean to the National Parks system. -- The Clark's copy is signed by Ansel Adams.

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