The Longmont Museum is featuring an Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibit presented by Old Town Outfitters, your one-stop shop for outdoor adventure gear and clothing in downtown Longmont. The exhibit opened January 26, 2019 and runs through May 26, 2019!
Ansel Adams was a giant in the field of landscape photography. His images of the unspoiled Western landscape were informed by his belief in the transcendental concept of the sublime–a complex combination of overwhelming awe and fear.
Many viewers are familiar with the Adams’ heroic, high-contrast prints from the 1970s. Much less well known are the intimate prints that the artist crafted earlier in his career.
Ansel Adams: Early Works focuses on these masterful small prints from the 1920s into the 1950s. By capturing the abject power of nature, Adams changed our understanding of landscape photography, solidifying it as a legitimate form of modern art.
The exhibit also features vintage cameras and photographic equipment of the type Ansel Adams used to create his remarkable photographs. These examples give visitors a sense of the bulk of the cameras that Adams had to haul to cliff edges and mountaintops. The exhibition showcases a gallery film showing Ansel Adams’ work process and the precision with which he approached creating images.
Ticket Pricing: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 3 and under free, Museum members free. Become a member of the museum to enjoy free admission to this and all future exhibitions!
There is additional programming during this exhibition that includes a talk on Contemporary Landscape Photography after Ansel Adams put on by the Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum on Thursday, March 14th at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free but required for entry.
In the portal gallery, photographer Kathleen Velo features “Water Flow: Under the Colorado River” showcasing chromogenic, photographic paper that has been submerged under water and exposed to bright light that reveals an image of water contents – silt, minerals, plants, etc. Velo’s key objective is to create a visual representation of the precarious and transient qualities of water in the Colorado River.
Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.
Exhibition organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Cover Photo: [Ansel Adams and Camera] Photograph by J. Malcolm Greany.