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John Szarkowski

Little Brown, 2001
191 pages
114 tritone & 23 duotone
ISBN: 9780316858625

In celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), Little Brown and Company have published the most significant book ever produced on his work - an oversize centennial volume, destined to be the definitive book on this great American artist. Accompanying a major international exhibition, Ansel Adams at 100 is one of the most beautiful books ever published on his work.

Its author John Szarkowski, director emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is the most revered photography curator and critic of our time. As director of the centennial exhibition - which opens in Adams' hometown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in August 2001 and tours for more than two years to the museums of Chicago, London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York - Szarkowski has painstakingly selected what he considers Adams' finest work and has attempted to find the single best photographic print of each. He presents an unexpected and sometimes unfamiliar body of work, and his incisive critical essay highlights the importance of Adams as a modern artist. This is the first serious effort since Adams' death in 1984 to reconsider his achievement as an artist.

Ansel Adams is in every way a superlative peice of bookmaking. In collaboration with Richard Benson, Dean of the Yale School of Art and a renowned expert on the reproduction of photographs, the exhibition prints were faithfully reproduced for this book. The plates are scaled to reflect the relative size of the original photographs. The book and slipcase are bound in a natural linen cloth made in the Netherlands.


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