Ansel Adams An Autobiography
Author: Ansel Adams, with Mary Street Alinder
Publisher/Date: A New York Graphic Society Book/Little, Brown and Company: Boston (c. 1985) 3rd Printing, 1986
Format/Condition: Used large heavy red cloth hardcover with dust jacket in Very Good condition: white dust jacket lightly agedtoned. Binding good; textblock solid; pages clean and unmarked. 400 pages including index. Measures 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. With 277 black-and-white photographs.
Description: In this bestselling autobiography, completed shortly before his death in 1984, Ansel Adams looks back at his legendary six-decade career as a conservationist, teacher, musician, and, above all, photographer. Written with characteristic warmth, vigor, and wit, this fascinating account brings to life the infectious enthusiasms, fervent battles, and bountiful friendships of a truly American original.
From the dust jacket:
His was a world of mountains and woodlands and the vast, timeless reach of the western landscape. If a country as limitless as this can ever be said to have posed for its portrait, certainly the photographer behind the camera was Ansel Adams.
And now he has given us this book. Here, in his prodigiously illustrated autobiography, completed just prior to his death in 1984, is Adams' testament of a life of dedication, adventure, achievement, remarkable friendships, plainspoken wisdom, and a concern for man and nature. It is a memoir of times spent with Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O' Keeffe, Edward Weston, Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, Imogen Cunningham, Edwin Land, and so many more in the pantheon of the art and photography world. Here, not only in his own words but also in photographs known the world over (and many others never before published), this extraordinary man steps forward to share with us his love of music, the beauty of the wilderness, loyalties and dreams, and that clear-eyed vision that saw beyond the mountains the heart of America.
As the diversity of Ansel Adams is revealed in his sensitivity and humor, so, too, the range of photographs -from candid shots of informal gatherings to majestic images that have become classics - illuminates his inner world. The record of his public accomplishments - a career spanning more than sixty years; the publication of literally scores of books and the appearance of his work in hundreds of volumes; the exhibitions, including the singular tributes of the Museum of Modern Art (whose photography department he helped establish), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art; the winning of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor; and the numerous awards and distinctions bestowed by foreign governments - is matchless in the history of the development of photography as an art form.
Of all his honors, however, the two that would have meant most to this ardent conservationist are the naming of a mountain in Yosemite National Park and the renaming of the 138,000-acre San Joaquin and Minarets Wilderness for Ansel Adams. But, of course, the man who was praised in the citation of the Medal of Freedom as one "regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution" had long since become inextinguishably identified with the world of nature.