Ansel Adams: Divine performance
Hammond, A. (2002) Ansel Adams: Divine performance. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300092415
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The background research was partly funded by a British Academy Postgraduate Studentship. Written on the basis of primary research in the Ansel Adams Archive of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, Yosemite Museum, and archives of Ansel Adams Trust. The manuscript was read for Yale University Press by John Szarkowski (former head of Photography, MoMA, NY), Sandra Sammataro Phillips (curator of photographs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Mark Haworth-Booth (Professor of Photography, University of the Arts, formerly curator of photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum). The first scholarly book on Ansel Adams's work from an art historical perspective, this is a critical study of his landscape photographs, investigating the aesthetic, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of his work in the context of the intellectual and creative influences informing his art. The book sheds light on the contributions of scientific, literary, and artistic individuals who inspired Adams, and provides a detailed interpretation of his photographs, establishing the relation between the images and his ethical and artistic commitments. Reviewed; History of Photography 27:1 (Spring 2003) (ISSN 0308-7298); Exposure 37:2 (2003) (ISSN 0098-8863). An invited lecture, Hayward Gallery, London, in conjunction with exhibition, Ansel Adams at 100. Some explorations into Adams's ink-printing of his photographs and production of his fine books (especially chapters 2, 5) led to an AHRC small grant (AH/D503329/1) May 2006-April 2007, Aesthetic Aspects of the Photomechanical Reproduction of Continuous Tone for the Photographs of Ansel Adams. An exhibition,"Ansel Adams in Hawaii" was also generated.