Ansel Adams’ ‘legacy’
The Ansel Adams exhibition, featuring a lifetime’s work, is now at the Fralin Art Museum
Thirty-four original Ansel Adams photographs on display at the Fralin Museum bring visitors through his professional career, from his early work in the 1920s up through his ’50s masterpieces. “The Ansel Adams show: A Legacy,” on display until Oct. 13, provides a window into the life of the American photographer.
In the exhibition, enjoy the beauty of nature without the sweltering heat, the threatening weather, or the expensive plane ticket. High contrast, crisp and breathtaking landscapes steal you away to places like the crashing waves of Timber Cove, the cliffs of Yosemite, a moonrise over Hernandez and the sand dunes of Death Valley. Photographs with detail so extraordinary each tree, each branch, and even each individual leaf is visible. The teal walls of the exhibition provide instant tranquility and the vast empty nature scenes, untouched by man, are a perfect break from fighting through throngs of students between classes.
While the show mostly features landscapes, there are a few exceptions. Don’t miss the silhouetted Adams self portrait, the pueblo remains, or the few portraits — most notably the one featuring old men with fantastic facial hair and intriguingly ambiguous facial expressions.
The exhibition pamphlet offers a quote from Adams: “Once completed, the photograph must speak for itself.” The exhibition is true to this sentiment, leaving its walls bare with only the basic wall text for each photo.