Ansel Adams, Photographer (1958) narrated by Beaumont Newhall

Ansel Adams, Photographer (1958) narrated by Beaumont Newhall



you San Francisco city of space and light beside the immense Pacific here near the Golden Gate Lives Ansel Adams's musician Mountaineer writer teacher photography light to Adams as to all photographers is the great medium of Revelation throw its moods noon brilliance first light dawn through the illusion of substance snow charred wood stoned and the magic of a place in the moment he conveys universal experience perhaps music is the most expressive of the arts however as a photographer I believe that creative photography when practiced in terms of its inherent qualities may also reveal endless horizons of meaning a fine craftsman boys different tools for different purposes item one eight-by-ten view camera 20 holders for lenses one cook convertible 110 inch wide field act car 1 9 inch Tagore one six and three-quarter inch wall and set wide-angle item 1 7 by 17 special panorama camera with a Protoss 13 and a half inch lens and five holders item one four by five view camera six lenses 12 inch collinear eight and a half inch a polenta nine a quarter inch appetizer four inch wide field actor dal Maya a Don telephoto item one has a black camera outfit with 38 60 80 135 and 200 millimeter lenses item one Conor flex 35-millimeter camera item two Polaroid cameras item three exposure meters one sei and to westerns in KC drops one item filters for each camera k1 k2 minus blue gx1 a c5 and B f85 be 85 C light balancing Series 81 and 82 two tripods one light one heavy lens brush stopwatch thermometer level focusing magnifier focusing cloth Heiko light strobe portrait outfit 200 feet of cable special storage box for film item one ancient 8 passenger limousine with five by nine foot camera platform on top the disciplines and standards of a musician lie behind Ansel Adams's approach to photography like every good photographer he pre-visualize is his final print right here on the ground glass of his view camera or with a miniature camera right on his inner eyelid excitement over the image now gives a way to precise technical reason with a light meter of this type he can measure the brightness of very small uh very distant areas darkest shadow eight candles per square foot light on wet sand 2,000 candles per square foot place shadow on Zone one high value will fall on so loud normal – development indicated by such measurement he can estimate what exposure he needs now and what development later by the delicate balance between exposure and development he attains the tonal range he wants in his final image I keep a record of everything film lambs filter lens extension lens aperture shutter setting above all where I've placed important values on the exposure scale and what development I will use to attain them in the negative the negative looks adequately sharp all over shadow density is exactly on the right zones the little camera flare helped the shadow density as expected all set fingers dry dust brushed off the night here goes toy test exposure one two three four five six seven eight nine the image is coming up quite well balanced a little more exposure to development next you the here's the final print shadows come through as expected and the high values of okay once Adams has achieved the print he wants he is able simply by controlling exposure and processing to make from one negative hundreds of fine prints in a day by this technique he can produce portfolios of original prints which ayran themselves works at in translating his photographs and defined reproductions Adams works closely with engravers and printers such printed reproductions often approach the quality of his original prayer photography to Ansel Adams is a profession as well as an art and his standards are as high as those of an architect or engineer on industrial or other assignments he may sometimes return many times to get what he's after you he takes over a client's problem from the moment it is broached to him to the moment of its final presentation to the public you Adams also serves as consultant to photographic manufacturers in the development of new materials and processes a friend working in his garden becomes the subject for a Polaroid film test in portraiture were the same respect for the dignity of the individual he photographs a little Papago girl a Franciscan missionary a writer and historian a musician a young girl the photographer's Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz – Ansel Adams ever since he made his first photograph Yosemite Valley has meant much more than cliffs waterfalls trees the great rocks of Yosemite are the very heart of the earth speaking to us you Alfred Stieglitz said art is the affirmation of life and life all its eternal evidence is everywhere expressions without doctrine my photographs are presented here as images of the endless moments of the world you

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