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Examples: The Making Of 40 Photographs

Ansel Adams

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Photographs: collections, Prose: non-fiction

Ansel Adams recounts the situations surrounding the making of his photographs and the methods he used in their realization. Each image is accompanied by a text that studies the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject, and includes remini

"How did you make this photograph " This is the question that Ansel Adams was asked repeatedly during his lifetime. In this book, Adams shares the circumstances surrounding the making of many of his most celebrated photographs. Each of the 40 photographs are superbly reproduced in duotone, is accompanied by an entertaining and informative narrative that combines reminscence of people and places with precise recall of technical details and aesthetics considerations.

The specific technical information on camera and lens, filters, exposure times, developing, and printing provided in each example illustrates his approach and methods and will assist amateur and professional photographers alike in learning the craft. Through this case study approach, Adams' philosophy of craft and creativity unfolds: his credos of visualisation, image management, and the Zone System are demonstrated: and the colour story of a lifetime devoted to photography is revealed.

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Praise for Examples: The Making Of 40 Photographs

  • Adams explains the why and how some of his most famous photographs. Reading the book is like taking a short intensive course with Ansel himself. - NEW YORK TIMES

  • ... this is the one we've all been waiting for... Whether you're a professional photographer, an advanced amateur or simply an appreciator of fine art, EXAMPLES is a must. - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

  • As he talks about his work, you'll find Ansel the most informative and entertaining of guides... - POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Through the exhibition and publication of his work, his writings, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve America's remaining wilderness.