The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) current exhibit After Ansel Adams highlights the majestic beauty of the National Parks throughout Western America. The exhibit features the famed landscape and nature photographer Ansel Adams as well as nine other contemporary artists that are influenced or have a connection to the images that Ansel Adams produced during his career.
Ansel Adams was born on Feb. 20 1902 in San Francisco where his family lived in the sand dunes of Golden Gate. Adams initially planned to have a career in music and worked on the piano, which he taught himself, but he chose to give up the piano for his true love – photography. Ansel had his first photograph published in 1921 and then the following year a studio began selling photographs that he took of Yosemite. In 1932 he had his first solo photography show in San Francisco. Adams spent his career not only showing his photography but also teaching photography in San Francisco and publishing books that examined the different techniques. He was an influential in creating the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which was the first museum to have a photography department. Adams received many rewards and honors throughout his career, and is known as one of the most distinguished photographers, he was even inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.
All of the photographs that are shown in the exhibit were taken in the National Parks of the American West, but they each reflect unique and individual styles and photography practices from each of the nine artists. MOPA’s Assistant Curator Chantel Paul selected each of the artists by not only their relevance and similarities to Ansel Adam’s collection of work, but also through their previous experience, their reputation as an artist and their style. The other artists featured in the exhibit are Matthew Brandt, Bin Danh, Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Michael Lundgren, Chris McCaw, Takeshi Shikama, Millee Tibbs and Donna J. Wan.
The exhibit portrays the unique way that each artist works to create images that reflect their vision. The artists in After Ansel Adams use a range of style from traditional to contemporary, but they each have the same idea in capturing the impressive imagery that is “wild America”.
After Ansel Adams is a Museum of Photographic Arts exclusively created and displayed exhibit, it will be on display until Sept. 28, 2014. Admission price to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and retired military, $6 for students and free for children under the age of 12 and active military with ID. MOPA is open Tues. through Sun. from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. MOPA also features free admission for residents of San Diego and San Diego county on the second Tues. of each month. The museum is located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park.