For December 9 we will be teaming up with CPAC for the PhotoVox over Zoom.
MAKING A PHOTOGRAPHER: THE EARLY WORK OF ANSEL ADAMS WITH DR. REBECCA A. SENF
Dr. Rebecca A. Senf is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Her B.A. in Art History is from the University of Arizona; her M.A. and Ph.D. were awarded by Boston University. In 2012, her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press; in 2017, her book To Be Thirteen, showcasing the work of Betsy Schneider, was published by Radius Press and Phoenix Art Museum. Senf is an Ansel Adams scholar, and recently published a book on Ansel Adams’ early years, called Making a Photographer, copublished by the CCP and Yale University Press.
WHEN | Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, 6:30 – 8 pm
WHERE | ONLINE (through Zoom – link is provided in the registration email)
COST | Free for CPAC and ASMP Members; $10 for non-members. ASMP & CPAC members will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code.
We invite you to join us for December’s PhotoVox with speaker Dr. Rebecca A. Senf as she discusses her new book, Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams. Gain access to an unprecedented and eye-opening examination of the early career of one of America’s most celebrated photographers.
Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. Although many of Adams’ images are now iconic, his early work has remained largely unknown. In this first monograph dedicated to the beginnings of Adams’ career, Senf argues that these early photographs are crucial to understanding Adams’ artistic development and offer new insights into many aspects of the artist’s mature oeuvre.
Drawing on copious archival research, Senf traces the first three decades of Adams’ photographic practice—beginning with an amateur album made during his childhood and culminating with his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s. Highlighting the artist’s persistence in forging a career path and his remarkable ability to learn from experience as he sharpened his image-making skills, this beautifully illustrated volume also looks at the significance of the artist’s environmentalism, including his involvement with the Sierra Club.