Landscapes of the American West
Exhibition: 30 Nov 2018 – 2 Feb 2019
Thu 29 Nov 18:30
49 Dorset Street
W1U 7NF London
Mon-Fri 10-18 . Sat 11-17
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
LANDSCAPES OF THE AMERICAN WEST
30 November 2018 ¬to 2 February 2019
Private View: 29 November 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." Ansel Adams
Atlas Gallery is delighted to present Ansel Adams: Landscapes of the American West, an exhibition of works by the celebrated landscape photographer and environmental activist. This is the first time for many that a significant body of Adams work will be exhibited in a London gallery. The exhibition opening on Thursday 29th November will coincide with the Chiltern Street Christmas Evening reflecting its 2018 focus on environmental consciousness.
Landscapes of the American West demonstrates Adams’s technical mastery and innate sensitivity to nature. It features some of Adams’s most dramatic and recognisable images including the haunting Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 in which a solitary moon hovers over wraithlike clouds blanketing a valley near Española in Santa Fe. ‘I felt at the time that it was an wrote. ‘There seems to sense of satisfaction when the shutter is released for certain exposures.’ No two prints of Adams’s photographs are exactly the same and Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico varied over the years as he ‘sought more intensity of light and richness of values.’
Adams grew up in San Francisco amid the sand dunes beyond the Golden Gate. From an early age he fell in love with the landscape around him; his life ‘coloured and modulated by the great earth gesture of the Yosemite Sierra’. For Adams the wilderness was one of great depth, ‘a mystique: a valid, intangible, non-materialistic experience’. His connection to Yosemite lasted his whole life, frequently returning to explore and photograph the valley and led him to become a member (and president) of environmental organisation the Sierra Club, which eventually led him to lobby for the creation of the foundation of King’s Canyon National Park in Sierra Nevada.