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Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places

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<!--StartFragment-->With more than two hundred photographs - many rarely seen and some never before published - this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of America's national parks and wilderness areas. For many people, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and other iconic American wildlands exist in the mind's eye as Ansel Adams ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Ansel Adams
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Oct 21, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
A fabulous look at the pictures and some of the stories behind these photos of Ansel Adams.

The photos (more than 200) are all in black & white. The attention to detail is stunning! Each photo is truly a work of art. Some of the photos that I really liked are:

The Atlantic from Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Maine, 1949

Silver Sword Plant in the Crater of Haleakala, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, 1948

Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Park, California, c. 1948

Rocks and Grass,
Jul 06, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Drop dead gorgeous photography and insights as to Ansel as a person. This book is really, really worth the money.
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photography. He classed himself an amateur, but his work is one of the best I've ever seen. This heavy, finely printed bound book is chock-ful of over 200 never before seen photographs that Ansel Adams took of national parks.

The photography is simply beautiful and breath-taking. He found beauty in the most uncommon places; who really looks at a tree that close? It's a heavy book, perfect for a coffee table, but I am not letting any beverages near
Jack Lynch
Jul 16, 2016 Jack Lynch rated it really liked it
This selection of Ansel's works combines his more well known and iconic images with some lesser known treasures. As the national parks turn 100 this year, its ever more pressing that Americans take a moment to stop, cherish and visit these wild places in an ever more fast-paced world. To see them through the minds eye of one of America's most celebrated artists is a worth while endeavor indeed!

While some of his work is inevitably missing, this book does a good job at bringing many of his photogr
Nov 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
From my book review blog, Rundpinne.

When I received Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America’s Wild Places I immediately knew it was a book that I would treasure and one I would never be able to adequately describe in a book review. Ansel Adams in the National Parks is an exquisite book of America’s National Parks interspersed with the stories of Ansel Adams’ thoughts on the 40 various parks he visited and photographed throughout his lifetime. Filled with over 225 breathtaking
Oct 22, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
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I have always been interested in Ansel Adams. As someone who calls themselves an amateur photographer, his use of black and white has always amazed me. It was so fun to open this huge book chock full of Ansel Adams rarely seen photos. It was fascinating to hear the rational behind the photos. Ansel was a visionary who has documented some of the most beautiful nature photos. How can a man who worked in black and white have had such a career? I never know when to use black and
Lisa N
Feb 24, 2011 Lisa N rated it it was amazing
This may be the finest collection of black and white photographs I have seen. The details and nuances Adams is able to achieve are incredible. Viewing these pictures is restorative and recreates a reverence for nature.

Includes commentaries by Wallace Stegner, among others, that peer into Adams’ philosophies and techniques as well as his conservation efforts. There are a few personal notes from Adams as well that read like poetry. I particularly enjoyed his description of his first visit to Yose
Jan 02, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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Another First Reads win! This may be the best and most meaningful First Reads book for me.

This book serves as an incredible portfolio of some of Adams's work in our national parks. The photography both inspires and intimidates me. (If you practice a craft of any kind, you'll understand that feeling.) The photographs are phenomenal and the reproduction of them in the book is first-rate. As much as I love the photographs in the book, though, I enjoyed reading about Adams and his techniques, his ph
Oct 09, 2010 Sissy rated it it was amazing
Lucky winner of a copy via FirstReads.

I have been a long time fan of Ansel Adams and am very happy to have won a copy of this beautiful book. The pictures are stunning (of course) - but the editorial aspects of the book - the insights into Ansel Adams, his photos, his life, the stories, make this much more than just a "picture" book - to be thumbed through once and then discarded on the shelf. Even my husband, an audio only book person at the moment, has been stealing this away to read and page
Jun 24, 2015 Gord rated it it was amazing
Adams is one of my all-time favourite photographers. The essays accompanying some of his more extraordinary images are enlightening and educational.
Dec 13, 2010 Teddy rated it it was amazing
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Born on February 20, 1902, Ansell Adams has captured the hearts of millions of people with his photographs. He is most famous for his photographs in United States National Parks during the depression.

Ansell Adams in National Parks is a treasure that all fans will adore. With crisp black and white photography, Adams made the parks come alive for people who were unable to see them for themselves. His photographs have inspired a nation to take better care of nature.

Packed with over..Read the rest o
Inspired Kathy
Nov 25, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Ansel Adams in the National Parks is such a cool book! Filled with over 200 black and white images taken in the National Parks this book is beautifully done. Included are pictures from over 40 National Parks & Monuments. The photographs brought back many memories from trips I have taken to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mt. Rainier, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Carlsbad Caverns & Glacier National Park.
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Dec 15, 2010 Kiran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A truly fantastic collection of Adam's black and white photography of national parks throughout the US. Interspersed among the photos are passages taken from letters Adams' wrote to friends and family, along with interesting bits of trivia and stories about Adams. A true environmentalist at heart, every photograph taken was a message to the importance of preserving pristine areas of nature for posterity.
Oct 18, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book and a great addition to any collection. This hard-cover edition features more than 200 breathtaking photographs of national parks. In addition, it features essays that give insight into the life and philosophy of Ansel Adams. Whether you are a student of photography, a fan of Ansel Adams, or you just want a beautiful volume for your coffee table, I highly recommend this book.
Jan 07, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Many classic Ansel Adams photos collected here. I especially liked the text that went with the photos, putting them in context. I was surprised that most of the photos were taken in the 30's and 40's. My favorite high school science teacher took a class from Ansel at Yosemite, and this book shows Ansel doing just that.
Gary Smith
Jun 12, 2013 Gary Smith rated it it was amazing
Some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. The places I have been that Adams has photographed are breathtaking and the places I haven't yet been I long very much to see.
Apr 10, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic collection of the work of Ansel Adams. It makes me appreciate all of the time I've spent, and will spend, in the National Parks.
Nancy S
Oct 01, 2013 Nancy S rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Outstanding collection of beautiful photos taken in the National Parks.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Jan 08, 2012 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-photography
Beautiful photographs!!
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Though wilderness and the environment were his grand passions, photography was his calling, his metier, his raison d'etre.

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