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Is Ansel Adams Overrated? (Nah, Couldn’t Be)

By September 3, 2019September 5th, 2019ASMP Legends, Current News

Editor’s Note: Legendary photographer Ansel Adams was an ASMP Member.

Screenshot of article posted on Photoshelter BlogCross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog
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Thirty-five years after his death, Ansel Adams is still one of the most popular (and most searched) photographers. He spent a lifetime creating some of the iconic images in the history of photography primarily using an 8×10 camera and black-and-white film. He developed the Zone System with Fred Archer, wrote numerous books, vigorously corresponded with contemporary artists, and advocated for the environment through the use of photography.

But has nostalgia for the avuncular photographer led us to overrate his impact on the art and industry of photography? In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen go back in history to talk about Adams’ many accomplishments, and why they think there’s no possibility of overrating his skill and mark on the art form.

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