After Ansel Adams at the Museum of Photographic Arts
A wonderful exhibition curated by the very talented Chantel Paul recently opened at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. After Ansel Adams runs through September 28th, 2014 and is a nod to the timeless work of Ansel Adams and those who have followed in his footsteps. His photographs continue to inspire contemporary photographers working today. The exhibition highlights original photographs by Ansel Adams reflecting the stunning natural beauty of National Parks of the American West, and also features the work of nine contemporary photographers who have photographed and examined the same landscape.
After Ansel Adams celebrates Ansel Adams as an artist whose masterful views of America’s National Parks have influenced generations of photographers, and explores how nine contemporary photographers have created new interpretations of the American West in some of the most iconic landscapes. Exhibited alongside Adams’ own photographs made in Western National Parks, their images invite us to consider how different artists approach similar subject matter in this landscape, resulting in startlingly unique works. While some are working directly in the footsteps of Adams, others have used the framework of his photographs to develop their own ideas and artistic vision.
Since Yellowstone became America’s first national park in 1872, these designated areas of preserved land have become essential to defining and categorizing our country’s natural beauty, serving as the subject for countless images by surveyors, tourists, and artists alike. Decades after Adams’ passing in 1984, it is remarkable to consider the number of ways in which these landscapes have continued to inspire successive generations of artists.
From unique photographic processes to conceptually based photographs, the images in the exhibition vary in each artist’s intent, from capturing quiet moments of natural beauty to physically manipulating or layering historical and personal connections to place. In addition to Ansel Adams, photographers included in the exhibition are Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Binh Danh, Chris McCaw, Donna J. Wan, Michael Lundgren, Millee Tibbs, Matthew Brandt, and Takeshi Shikama.
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