Ansel Adams In Color Review

TITLE: Ansel Adams In Color


Renowned as America’s pre-eminent black-and-white landscape photographer, Ansel Adams began to photograph in color soon after Kodachrome film was invented in the mid 1930s. He made nearly 3,500 color photographs, a small fraction of which were published for the first time in the 1993 edition of ANSEL ADAMS IN COLOR. In this newly revised and expanded edition, 20 unpublished photographs have been added. New digital scanning and printing technologies also mean that the book now offers a more faithful representation of Adams’s color photography.


I love Ansel Adams work. I discovered his work when I was in high school and he was the person responsible for my love of photography.

This is a great coffee table book and one that sits on my own coffee table book where I am able to look at it all the time. I have had a few people when they come in that would sit and look at the book. This was such a great conversation piece as they would look through it and we would talk about our favorite pictures.

Did you know that Ansel made more then 3,000 color transparencies?

Ansel is most known for his black and white photographs that no one really knew that he actively explored color for over 40 years. He also published articles on color and in 1950 he exhibited a selection of prints in Color Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. When he died he left over 200 pages of letters and notes on his thoughts of color photography.

He believed that color would be the thing of the future and so would electronic imaging. Things that we probably didn’t know and take for granted. He was going to write a book and this is the product of what he left behind when he died in 1984.

Ansel began his photography career in the 1930’s when he was at a turning point in his life. He was able to balance his energy and time between commerical photography and his own for over 40 years until 1970 when he decided to give up commerical photography and devoted his time and energy into his own collection.

James L. Enyeart wrote a great introduction and I really enjoyed. It was interesting to hear what Ansel thought of color.

I loved the pictures in the book and they were great selections for the book. They were all fantastic so its hard to choose a favorite or favorites. I don’t think I would have been able to pick and choose.This is one of my favorite pictures from the book although this one is black and white the colored one is just as beautiful. I love landscape photographs.
Do you have a favorite Ansel Adams photograph?

This would make a great gift for the person who loves photography or Ansel Adams.

This book was provided for review by Hachette. Thank You Anna for sending this too me.

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