Half Dome, Winter, Yosemite Valley1938
7 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (18.42 cm x 23.5 cm)
This interplay of the historic and contemporary is paralleled by Adams’s competing interests in both the spiritual and scientific. Convinced of nature’s redemptive powers, he remained committed to the ideal landscape throughout his career—but one that was less about accuracy than the emotions it inspired. Like the 19th-century pioneers who set out to tame the wilderness, Adams used technology to bend nature to his vision. Using filters and a variety of techniques that determined the expressive power, visual quality, and tonal range of the print before exposure, he made nature match his mind’s eye. Reconciling these seemingly contradictory themes and concerns was one of the hallmarks of his artistic achievement.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Manzanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams Addison Gallery of American Art , 9/1/2016 - 3/5/2017
- Contemplating the View: American Landscape Photographs Addison Gallery of American Art , 9/8/2018 - 3/3/2019
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