Ansel Adams 2006 Wall Calendar カレンダー – ウォールカレンダー, 2005/10/1
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"Thirteen photographs by Ansel Adams, chosen to reflect the changing seasons, grace this handsome wall calendar."
In a career that spanned five decades Ansel Adams was both America's foremost landscape photographer and an ardent environmentalist. His work has been published in a multitude of books, posters and calendars.
But Adams remains unequalled in the modern American landscape. In fact, he is so far distant from the rest of the pack that it's hard to think of anyone to compare him to other than, perhaps, Edward Weston. There are lots of fantastic nature photographers out there, no doubt, but when it comes to the pure landscape, Adams has a lock.
Also, Adams contributions to the teaching of photo technqiue have given him a second realm of fame for a whole generation of photographers. How-to photo writers (including myself) look to Adams' books as the model to follow. Because of his humanity, his endless generous sharing of knowledge and his encouraging writing, Adams' books remain the best how-to literature in the history of photography. If only Adams had lived to spend time with digital cameras, we would certainly have been gifted with another great volume on their use, I'm sure (in his autobiography, in fact, he talks about future generations of printers using scanners to create digital versions of his own negatives).
As a writer of more than a dozen how-to books, I often turn to Adams' work (both his writings and his photos) for ideas and inspiration. Which brings us to his caldendars: It would be impossible for me to think of having a writing or photo office without an Adams calendar on the wall. I don't always agree with the photos that are chosen for the annual wall calendar, but the fact is, Adams never published a bad photograph (or even a mediocre one as far as I'm concerned), so whether I like each one or not is not that important--I always learn something from them.
Ansel Adams photos are as good as contemporary landscape photography gets. And while I'm afraid that because he worked in black and white more than in color (though he was an excellent color photographer) his work might seem dated to a lot of photo students today, it's not. I never grow tired of looking at this work and it always seems fresh to me--and that in itself is quite amazing.
If you're a photo student or just love the look of the black and white American landscape, these caldenars will always provide good company. The problem is that the photos are so nice I have trouble throwing them away at the end of the year--and they take up a lot of room! :)
I don't know if another photographer will ever come along and achieve the fame that Adams achieved, but if one does, he or she will have surely studied the photography and writing of Ansel Adams for a long, long time.
Author, The Joy of Digital Photography (Lark Books)