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ANSEL ADAMS Classic Images

24.04.2007 - 03.06.2007


WestLicht presents the first show of the American visionary of landscape photography in Austria

With his atmospheric nature and landscape images the American Photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) has influenced our notion of the American West until present day. It was the impressive nature of the Yosemite National Park (California) that led Adams to photography and which he fought to preserve in later years. Through his exposure technique, he was a member of the artist group “F/64” (named for the aperture), he achieved astounding depth of focus and immense detail. Perfect composition and lighting as well as finely graded tonal values characterize the artistically designed images of this master of the large-format camera. 

The exhibition at WestLicht – the first solo exhibition of Adams in Austria – shows the essence of his life’s work concentrated in a personal selection of around 75 black and white photos (from the Anne Adams Helms collection) chosen by Adams himself during the last decade of his life. “Classic Images” contains the best-known of his subjects – details of nature, architectural studies, portraits and above all the unique images of the American landscape that have made him internationally famous. His photographic oeuvre is still unmatched in quality and quantity and has influenced a whole generation of photographers. His participation in creating the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York makes him an integral part of photographic history.

An exhibition in co-operation with The Ansel Adams Trust and Ann Adams Helms.



© Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
© Ansel Adams, Church and Road, Bodega, California, c. 1953
© Ansel Adams, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958
© Ansel Adams, Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1947