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Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
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Ansel Adams at 100
In conjunction with an exhibit on the centennial of Ansel Adams's birth, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art built this Web site. It provides an excellent Flash-based introduction to Adams's photography. The site works best with high-speed Internet connections.

Photo Notes: Born Free and Equal Review
Nancy Newhall published this June 1946 review of Adams's Born Free and Equal, a book of photographs of the Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California.

Photo Notes: A Letter From Ansel Adams!!
The June-July 1940 issue of Photo Notes included this letter from Ansel Adams, responding to a criticism. An inveterate letter writer, Adams discusses a range of photography subjects in this letter.

The Ansel Adams Gallery
The Ansel Adams Gallery, run by Adams's descendants, presents many of the artist's photographs. The Web site includes virtual exhibits and a biography, as well as information on contemporary photography and upcoming workshops.

The Artful Dodger
This article from the February 2002 issue of Smithsonian magazine focuses on Adams's innovation of photographic nature books. It was written by Kenneth Brower, a fellow Sierra Club member who recounts his first meeting with Ansel when he was twelve and Adams was 55.
This photography site distinguishes itself with extensive equipment reviews, discussion boards, and other resources, written by and for a community of thousands of photographers.

Japanese-American Internment
This comprehensive Web site collects photographs, text, and other primary source materials, and presents essays and Web links on the subject of the Japanese American internment during World War II.

The Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915
Learn more about Ansel's favorite childhood retreat. A history of the exhibition and its lasting imprint on the city of San Francisco can be found here.

Sierra Club
Visit the Sierra Club's official site on Ansel Adams, including a slide show of his photographs and a calendar marking the dates and locations of the major Ansel Adams exhibit.

California's Sierra Bioregion
The site offers a detailed description of Adams' favorite place -- the Sierra Nevadas. It includes links to the national and state parks located in the area and information on its ecosystem.

Yosemite National Park
The official National Park Service site for Yosemite presents a history of the park, current weather conditions, information on backpacking and wilderness permits, and up-to-date listings on closures within the park.

Web Sites | Books

Adams, Ansel. The Negative. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.

----. The Print. Boston: Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.

----. Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs. New York: Artabras, 1995.

----. An Autobiography. With Mary Street Alinder. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1985.

----. Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.

----. Yosemite and the Range of Light. introd. by Paul Brooks Boston : New York Graphic Society, 1979.

----. Artificial Light Photography . Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. : Morgan & Morgan, 1956.

----. The Portfolio of Ansel Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977.

----. Ansel Adams: Recollected Moments. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1972.

----. Making A Photograph. New York, The Studio publications inc., 1935.

Adams, Ansel, and Nancy Newhall. This is the American Earth. San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1960.

Alinder, James. The Unknown Ansel Adams. Carmel, CA: Friends of Photography, 1982.

Alinder, James, and John Szarkowski. Ansel Adams: Classic Images. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1986.

Alinder, Mary Street. Ansel Adams: A Biography. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc. 1996.

Alinder, Mary Street, and Andrea Gray Stillman. Ansel Adams: Letters and Images 1916-1984. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1988.

Austin, Mary Hunter. Taos Pueblo: Photographed by Ansel Adams and Described by Mary Austin. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1930.

Brower, David. For Earth's Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower. Utah: Peregrine Smith Book, 1990.

----. "A Tribute to Ansel Adams." Sierra. July/August, 1984.

Cahn, Robert. "Ansel Adams, Environmentalist." Sierra. May/June, 1979.

Cahn, Robert, and Robert Glenn Ketchum. American Photographers and the National Parks. New York: The Viking Press, 1981.

Cohen, Michael P. The History of the Sierra Club: 1892-1970. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988.

Cronon, William. Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995.

Hammond, Anne. Ansel Adams: Divine Performance. Yale University Press, May 2002. Klett, Mark. "The Legacy of Ansel Adams: Debts and Burdens." Aperture. No. 120, Summer 1990.

Medvec, Emily. Born Free and Equal. Fresno, California: Fresno Museum of Art, History, and Science, 1984.

Muir, John. Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada; Photographs by Ansel Adams. Selections from the works of John Muir. Edited by Charlotte E. Mauk. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1948.

Newhall, Nancy. Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light. New York: Aperture, Inc., 1963.

Nyerges, Alexander Lee. In the Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West. Ohio: The Dayton Art Institute, 1999.

Schaefer, John P. The Ansel Adams Guide, Book 1: Basic Techniques of Photography. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1999.

Snyder, Joel and Munson, Dough. The Documentary Photograph as a Work of Art: American Photographs, 1860-1876 Chicago: Rohner Printing Company, 1976.

Spaulding, Jonathan. Ansel Adams and the American Landscape: A Biography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Starr, Kevin. Americans and the California Dream: 1850-1915. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Stillman, Andrea G., ed. The Grand Canyon and the Southwest. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2000.

----. Yosemite: Ansel Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.

----. Yosemite and the High Sierra: Ansel Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.

----. Ansel Adams: California. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997. Szarkowski, John. American Landscapes: Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1981.

----. Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1973.

----. Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1978.

----. The Photographer and the American Landscape. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1963.

----. The Photographer's Eye. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1966.

----. Photography Until Now. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1989.

Taft, Robert. Photography and the American Scene: A Social History, 1839-1889. Reprint of 1938 edition. New York: Dover Publications, 1964.

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