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Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
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Acknowledgements

The production team would like to acknowledge Jonathan Spaulding's book, Ansel Adams and the American Landscape: A Biography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995). Consult the further reading page for a list of more books and Web sites related to Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film.

A number of people appeared on-camera or acted as consultants and are listed below. See the complete film credits for more information.

On-camera interview subjects:

Michael Adams, Ansel Adams's son
Mary Street Alinder, biographer
Anne Adams Helms, Ansel Adams's daughter
Carl Pope, Sierra Club
Alan Ross, photographer
John Sexton, photographer
Jonathan Spaulding, biographer
Andrea Gray Stillman, editor
John Szarkowski, author and photographer
William A. Turnage, Ansel Adams Trust


Executive Consultant:

John Szarkowski


Additional archival credits:

Photographs copyright Beaumont and Nancy Newhall; © 2002, The Estate of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, Courtesy of Scheinbaum and Russek Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Paul Strand: Church Buttress, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico,1932, © 1971 Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive.

Copyright the Dorthea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland, Gift of Paul S. Taylor.


Quotation credits:

"...endlessly trying, his friend Nancy Newhall later wrote, 'to pour into the magic little box his wonder and his ecstasy. Somehow he must capture this beauty, somehow convey this opening before him of a new heaven and a new earth.'"

source: Nancy Newhall's Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light, p. 29.
credit: © Nancy Newhall, © 2002, The Beaumont Newhall and Nancy Newhall Estate. Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"...he made a series of pivotal photographs; among them one, his friend Nancy Newhall later said, 'that even then spoke to beholders like a trumpet.'"

source: Newhall, Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light, p. 44.
credit: © Nancy Newhall, © 2002, The Beaumont Newhall and Nancy Newhall Estate. Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"He set himself problems of extreme depth of focus and of extreme rendition of textures -- and almost fell into the ground glass with excitement.... An old board fence behind a patch of thistles could in sunlight become a brilliant clash of dissonant textures, a rose on driftwood, indoors on a dark day, could glow softly. The moods of light could be voiced; textures used like different instruments... Now clouds could float, waterfalls flash, snow hold its hidden light, grasses bend in infinite delicacy under dew. Nancy Newhall."

source: Newhall, Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light, p.69.
credit: © Nancy Newhall, © 2002, The Beaumont Newhall and Nancy Newhall Estate. Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Confined by our own artifice -- borne up on vast abundance and colossal waste, restless, [and] disconsolate -- we course across this dwindling globe that once seemed infinite -- seeking somewhere, in some last far place, our birthright: the wild majesty, beauty, [and] freedom, through which for a million years man grew. Nancy Newhall, 1959."

source: Newhall, This is the American Earth, p.32.
credit: Sierra Club Publications & © Nancy Newhall, © 2002, The Beaumont Newhall and Nancy Newhall Estate. Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek, Ltd. Santa Fe, New Mexico.




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