September 10, 2010


Isn’t it amazing how the summer has disappeared?  It has been a very busy one for us. My retrospective exhibition John Sexton: A Photographer’s Journey at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel just closed a few days ago. The attendance at the opening reception and lecture was remarkable. It was great to see so many friends from near and far. The overall attendance during the run of the exhibition was most gratifying.Currently I have an exhibition at the Ansel Adams Gallery, which will be on display in Yosemite Valley through September 26. I am most flattered to have been invited to present a lecture on Ansel in conjunction with the exhibition Ansel Adams: Portrait of America on display at the Monterey Museum of Art through October 3rd. I hope some of you will be able to attend this talk, which is described in greater detail below.

Wishing you the best,




Ansel Adams: A Personal Recollection
Monterey Museum of Art presents a lecture by John Sexton
Wednesday - September 22, 2010 - 7:00 PM

Geologic Conundrum

Clearing Winter Storm
Yosemite National Park, California
Photography by Ansel Adams
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The Monterey Institute of International Studies - Irvine Auditorium
499 Pierce Street
Monterey, California 93940
General Admission: $10. Monterey Museum of Art Members: $5.

I always like speaking about Ansel and his influence on my photography, and indeed my life. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to present my lecture Ansel Adams: A Personal Recollection for the Monterey Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Monterey Institute of International Studies Irvine Auditorium. The venue is located at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey. General admission is $10. Monterey Museum of Art members $5.

The lecture is being offered in association with the beautiful exhibition of more than seventy prints Ansel Adams: Portrait of America. It is a rare opportunity to see this group of photographs, as the prints are from the personal collection of Ansel and Virginia’s daughter Anne Adams Helms.

During my presentation 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 this lecture I am also including information about Ansel’s early glass plate negatives. It will be an opportunity to see some of these images, along with reproductions of vintage prints from that era. I will also be sharing first-hand insights concerning the glass plate negatives, alleged to have been made by Ansel, that have received so much media coverage of late.

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.

I hope some of my subscribers will be able to attend this event. If you would like more information, check out the Monterey Museum of Art’s web site:


Black Oak Fallen Branch

Ansel Adams
Yosemite Valley, California
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