Ansel Adams

6th September 2019

Ansel Adams 400 Photographs

Edited by Andrea G. Stillman (2007), Ansel Adams 400 Photographs. New York: Little, Brown and Company

If ever there was a photographer to admire and inspire to take photographs like, for me, it is Ansel Adams (B.1902-1984). Adams was a landscape photographer and environmentalist who is well known for his black and white images of the American West.

This book documents Adams work in chronological order from 1916 to his last photograph in 1968. Those photographs chosen are beautiful, breathtaking and inspiring and although consist mostly of his iconic works they have included not only lesser known ones but portraits as well.

The photographs are presented well, some pages have just the one photograph while a few have two printed on them, all with a large white border around them. Other people have complained at the negative space size of the border and wanted larger pictures to dominate the page, but I think the white borders compliment the black and white images. Each photograph is accompanied by the photographs title, place of capture and year.

At the back of the book is an appendix, titled ‘NOTES ON SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS.’ This section contains chosen images and with them text containing some of Adams notes and writings that relate to them.

An inspirational look into the stunning work of Ansel Adams.

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