Lots of us have seen Ansel Adams photography before; his iconic black and white wilderness photos are as much part of modern American art history as is Georgia O’Keefe. His photos of Yosemite National Park did as much as National Geographic did, in its time (early-mid 1900′s) to bring that US National Park to the forefront of popularity. But Ansel Adams also spent some time here in Los Angeles. From February 18 through March 17, there will be an exhibit of some rarely seen Los Angeles photos by Ansel Adams, on display at drkrm on Spring Street.
Fortune magazine hired Ansel Adams to shoot his vision of Los Angeles in 1940, and the photographer obliged with over 200 photographs. When Fortune Magazine ended up only publishing a handful of those photos, the rest were tucked away. Adams found them in his papers 20 years later, and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. Apparently, he wasn’t happy with the artistic quality of the photographs, but hey — he was an artist. Come judge for yourself. From the photographs he took of Los Angeles that I’ve seen online, they look great.
drkrm is mounting this exhibit with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Public Library; drkrm is one of Los Angeles’ many stellar little gems. Fine art black and white printing, and traditional silver-gelatine printing/film processing is the specialty of drkrm founder John Matkowsky. This highest quality work makes drkrm the best local small gallery to mount an Ansel Adams exhibit. The photographs are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting our own Los Angeles Public Library.
Try to find some time to come to this exhibit before March 17 – you don’t have to afford an Ansel Adams photo to appreciate all of them on display. I hope that the images of old-timey Los Angeles bring a smile to your face as much as they will mine.
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