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Burnt Trees, Owens Valley [Alternate title: Trees and Mountain]

1940
20th Century
11 7/8 in. x 8 in. (30.16 cm x 20.32 cm)

Ansel Adams, American, (1902–1984)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1941.37
Ansel Adams is known for his emphasis on landscape and environmentalism in his black-and-white photographs of the American West. Along with American photographers Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston, Adams helped form the Group f/64: an association of artists advocating for a new modernist aesthetic with the intent of rebranding photography as a fine art rather than simply a form of documentation. The aesthetic focus of the group emphasized the fine tuning and methodical use of the camera’s mechanical features, such as utilizing sharp focus and full tonal range to produce precisely exposed images of natural forms.

Adams was a leader and advocate for the environmental conservation movement, a dedication that is apparent in his photography. At age twelve, his first experience using a camera coincided with his first visit to Yosemite National Park—a connection that would greatly inspire his photographic career in the years to come. Adams was employed by the United States Department of the Interior as a national park photographer, a job which sent him throughout the country in an effort to capture the natural grandeur of American wilderness. His photography ultimately aided in the expansion and conservation of the National Park system.

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Dimensions
  • Sheet Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 8 in. (301.63 x 203.2 mm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm) Measured by Daniels, Stacie

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