A pioneering American photographer and environmentalist, Ansel Adams is well known for his large-format black-and-white images of Yosemite National Park, the Tetons, and other magnificent landscapes in the American West.
Fascinated by the concept of high contrast, Adams developed a unique method of exposing prints called the Zone System, which involved identifying the wide dynamic range that can be captured in a single image, through a series of superimpositions. This process is explained very nicely in the video that accompanies this article, from a photographer who was able to integrate and update this system in her own work in color, in the digital age.
The photographs in this exhibition were carefully selected by Ansel Adams himself, as representations of his legacy, as a gift to The Friends of Photography; and this collection is on loan from Lynn and Tom Meredith, who are also trustees for the UVa College Foundation Board.
The exhibition of this great work in “Ansel Adams: A Legacy,” will open on June 7 and run through Oct. 13. An accompanying exhibition, “Looking at the New West: Contemporary Landscape Photography,” will be on view from June 7 to Dec. 15.
The Fralin Museum of Art, located at 155 Rugby Road, across from Mad Bowl, is just one block from the Rotunda. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.