April 25, 2011

Ansel Adams: A Personal Recollection
Center for Creative Photography presents a lecture by John Sexton
Monday - May 9, 2011 - 5:30 PM
Free Admission – Open to the Public


Geologic Conundrum

Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome
Yosemite National Park, California, 1945
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Ansel Adams Archive


Center For Creative Photography
University of Arizona

1030 N. Olive
Tucson, Arizona 85716

I always like speaking about Ansel and his influence on my photography, and indeed my life. I am honored to have the opportunity to present my lecture Ansel Adams: A Personal Recollection for the Center for Creative Photography on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm.

The lecture is being offered in association with the exhibition of nearly forty prints Ansel Adams: Arizona and the West which is on display at the Center through May 15th. It is a rare opportunity to see this group of photographs, representing the entire course of Adams’s prolific career. These images show the wide range of work Adams produced in Arizona and throughout the American West. From quiet studies of natural details to the awe-inspiring grandeur of massive mountains under cloud-filled skies, Adams chronicled the land with passion fueled by a deep appreciation of the transformative power of the wilderness.

During my lecture, which will include new material that I have not previously presented, I will discuss the nuances of Ansel’s renowned photographic techniques, provide insights into Ansel’s creative process, and present some of his well-known, as well as lesser known, images. A number of images will be transformed on the screen from the negative to the final print - progressing through various phases in the evolution of a finely crafted expressive print.

In addition, I will recount personal anecdotes of working side by side with Ansel. I will also be sharing a few images from my own photographic career of nearly forty years. I promise it will be a lively and entertaining presentation.

Following the lecture I will be signing copies of my books, Recollections and Places of Power.

I hope some of my eNewsletter subscribers will be able to attend this event. Please pass this information on to others that might be interested in attending this event. If you would like more information, check out the Center for Creative Photography’s web site:


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Ansel Adams
Yosemite Valley, California
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