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Posted: June 20 2006 at 8:32pm | IP Logged Quote amyable

Breaking from our study of painters, for July I chose Ansel Adams, a photographer, to celebrate an American Artist and the beauty of America itself. (Thanks to Theresa and Gwen for the idea!)

There is a nice biography HERE although the line about him having "relatively elderly parents" has me totally - apparently his mother had him when she was nearly *gasp* FORTY!


Here are a few other links on Ansel Adams:

Ansel Adams

Site of Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film on PBS

Educator's Guide: Intimate Nature - Ansel Adams and the Close View

Ansel Adams from Artcyclopedia

Photos to follow - again, so hard to narrow down to a few...I tried to pick a variety.

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Uh oh...baby is awake and crying, I'll have to return to this tomorrow!

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Well, now the baby is awake and *content*, maybe I can get a few more in.    Who says babies need to sleep at night and be awake in the day?


Mount Williamson - the Sierra Nevada,
from Manzanar, California
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Posted: June 20 2006 at 9:12pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

oooooh, thanks, amy! we are ansel adams fans and have a book here we can start with. thanks for doing this.

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Enjoy the study, ladies and gentlemen!

Anyone who has ideas about studying photographs vs. paintings/sketches, please feel free to add it here!

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Posted: June 21 2006 at 2:24am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

This is great. I love Ansel Adams. I feel so behind though - we have done nothing for Rembrandt for June - yikes!

Ansel Adams' photos are so powerful. They evoke such strong images in my mind. When I looked at the selections you had picked a couple really struck me and I immediately thought of literture they brought to mind - possible reads to go along.
Trailer Camp Children - Grapes of Wrath
Mount Williamson from Manzanar - So Far From the Sea or Farewell to Manzanar
(The Manzanar Internment experience would be an interesting rabbit trail if anyone is so inclined - info in this thread.

Has anyone read this biography?

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Oh Michael willl be thrilled! Thanks AMy!

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Oh help me, I can see I'm going to get way too into this study. I feel the obsession coming on as I've already just spent too much time searching this morning and putting this post together. But I'm finding cool stuff.

When I envisioned the tie-in to studying Manzanar Relocation Camp, I had no idea that this photo was part of a huge collection of photos Ansel took at Manazanar to document what he saw as a great injustice. I am so intrigued by the "Suffering under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar information I found at the Library of Congress website (what an amazing site BTW - I'm always finding new stuff there - it is a seemingly endless collection). He used many of these photos in Born Free and Equal, the book based on his work at Manzanar.

For those not familiar with the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII there is much information here and at the Library of Congress Learning Page section, as well as the Learning with Historic Places site in the earlier thread link.

The most amazing thing about his particular LoC collection of Ansel Adams is that it "presents for the first time side-by-side digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints, allowing viewers to see his darkroom technique and in particular how he cropped his prints." What a great way to really study his photography and how they are altered from the negative to the finished print. Here is the Subject Index of the Manzanar photos. I was excited to find this photo of the camp's Catholic Chapel.

Another interesting find - Japanese-American photographer, Tayo Miyatake, smuggled a camera lens into Manzanar when he was interned and also took photos there. Boys Behind Barbed-Wire is the most famous of his photos. I think a comparative study of his work with Adams will be happening here. I'll include in the comparison, Dorthea Lange who was a documentary photographer of the time and took pictures of Manzanar also. And most of her photos are of subject matter like Adams' "Trailer Camp Children."

There are several places that have specific info or photo studies of some of the photos chosen.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art had an exhibit on Ansel Adams at 100. Click to start the interactive program. It takes you to seven of his photos which you can study in depth - zoom in and out, listen to audio clips of Ansel himself or curators discussing the piece, historical info/documents that go with it. The "Mount Williamson" from Manzanar photo is one that is included.

The Housatonic Museum of Art has lessons/studies on:
Trailer Camp Children
Mount Williamson From Manzanar

This Housatonic Museum site has tons of cool stuff to study Adams including these lesson plans covering various areas of curriculum (history, math, science, etc.). Really neat.
One activity they suggest is:
Choose a current issue or situation you feel strongly about. Put together a series of original photographs, drawings or reproductions with or without words to express your views on the subject.
I plan to do this with my 10 year old.



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Posted: June 21 2006 at 1:54pm | IP Logged Quote amyable

Oh Mary, what wonderful resources and ideas! Thank you for your input. I'm going to do your last idea with my children. Even at 6 and 8, with our digital camera I bet they can work out a nice project.

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