Ansel Adams: A Biography

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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In his 1985 autobiography, Ansel Adams presented a life almost as neatly cropped and printed as his magnificent pictures. Here, Mary Street Alinder--who collaborated with Adams on his memoir and was his assistant in later life--is not reticent about the major emotional episodes in Adams's life, including his marriage and extramarital affairs, and his not-altogether-successful fatherhood. She explores the major artistic influences on his work and gives in-depth profiles of the significant figures in his circle. She also explains the technique and style Adams developed to obtain his unique vision, as well as his uneasiness at becoming a commodity. Ansel Adams: A Biography is an intimate and provocative portrait of the world's most famous photographer.
 

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Having coauthored Adams's Ansel Adams: An Autobiography (1985), Alinder is certainly in the position to write this new work. Read full review

Contents

San Francisco
1
Yosemite
17
The Development of Vision
30
Monolith
52
Southwest
67
Straight Photography
77
Sierra
97
Recognition
107
A Documentary Approach
225
Conclusions
248
Another Path
260
Mortal Combat
287
Price Rise
299
Too Little Time
318
Life and Death
345
And Sell
372

Losing Heart
122
Friends
135
Progress
152
A Department of Photography
165
Moonrise
185
Guggenheim Years
204
Afterimage
386
Notes
393
Selected Bibliography
459
Index
471
Photo Credits
489
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About the author (1998)

Mary Street Alinder worked for the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust for several years and co-authored Ansel Adams's autobiography, which was published in 1985. She lives in Gualala, California.

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