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I would like to compliment James Alinder on an outstanding biographical essay concerning Adams' life and photographic techniques. This essay will add useful knowledge to anyone who wants to better understand Adams' work and life, and their effects on us all. I would also like to compliment the selection of the images. These are clearly among Adams' best work.
Adams' technique used the very stark light of dawn and dusk to create vivid detail that echoed across the image from figure to figure. The result was to help the eye capture the connectedness of nature, the oneness of creation. So when the details become too small, it is like rubbing out whole chapters in a book. I was very disappointed in the publishing decision for this book's page size. In fact, only one of my favorite images still held most of its power for me in these large postcard sizes, Moon with Half Dome, Yosemite, 1960.
Without Mr. Alinder's essay, I would have graded this book as a two star effort.
Some of the lesser works which have less fine detail still show well. Here were my favorites of this small-sized collection:
Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958
Monlith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, 1927
Winnowing Grain, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1928
Rock and Grass, Moraine Lake, Sequoia National Park, 1982
Georgia O'Keefe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1937
Mormon Temple, Manti, Utah, 1948
Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941
White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1942
Monument Valley, 1958
Cypress and Fog, Pebble Beach, California, 1967
Sand Dunes, Oceano, California, 1950
If you are like me and love Ansel Adams' work, I suggest you look into Ansel Adams, The American Wilderness, which does feature large enough reproductions.
Sometimes we learn more from mistakes than from successes. Where are your efforts being undertaken on too small a scale to be fully effective? What can you do to change that?
Enjoy the beauty of nature in its full scale brilliance (outdoors and in larger-sized photographic books)!