I have to confess that I didn’t much like the work of Ansel Adams when I was young. It seemed old-fashioned and from another era. I thought colour photography was the way ahead. I revelled in photographing autumn colours and glorious sunsets. For years I had tried to photograph birch trees in autumn to match the striking images I had seen being created American photographers. Eventually I realised that their photographs were of the much more colourful aspen trees. So, when I first saw the photograph of Aspens, New Mexico, 1958 by Ansel Adams, it just seemed drained of colour. It is now one of my favourite images. So, what changed?
Later in life I came to appreciate the skill of black and white photographers, their ability to show form, texture, light and shade, without the distraction of colour. I believe some people see the world in black and white. They can isolate the shapes in their mind without the distraction of colour. Ansel Adams is the godfather of black and white landscape photography and his style and techniques influenced a whole generation of photographers.
This book features 400 images taken by Ansel Adams throughout his life, in a photographic career that spanned six decades. Some of these images have never been published before. They describe the...