Book Review: How He Became Ansel Adams—A Review of Senf’s “Making a Photographer” (Part Two)

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(This review of Rebecca Senf's Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams appears in two parts. This is part two. Part one can be found here.) If a deep dive into the Parmelian Prints wasn't treat enough (or new enough) for you, Making a Photographer explores in-depth Ansel's photo album of the Sierra Club's 1928 trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was a month-long adventure. Ansel took about 250 photographs during the course of the trip with a range of cameras, producing 6 1/2-by-8 1/2 inch film negatives, 4-by-5-inch film negatives, 3 1/4-by-4 1/4-inch film negatives, and a handful of 4-by-5-inch glass plate negatives. He eventually assembled 178…

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Book Review: How He Became Ansel Adams—A Review of Senf’s “Making a Photographer” (Part One)

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(This review of Rebecca Senf's Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams appears in two parts. This is part one. Part two can be found here.) Rebecca Senf's book on Ansel Adams, Making a Photographer, is a treasure box, full of surprises. The first surprise is that it contains the photographs of Ansel Adams at all. This might seem a strange thing to write--why wouldn't a book about Ansel Adams, easily one of the most famous photographers in history, include Ansel's photographs? But it is true--other biographies of Ansel (I always think of him using his first name, Ansel, never his surname) struggled to include his work. The…

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