American Experience Ansel Adams Analysis

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Examine a photograph of Yosemite captured by Ansel Adams. Behold the beauty of the colorful sky, or the amazing rock formations. To Adams, there is so much more than a 4x6 photograph can display. There is an inspiration of the beauty of the area. The colors that pop and harmonize well with nature, hues and details that are better captured by the naked eye. The thesis, with regard to the film American Experience: Ansel Adams, has been to inspire people of all ages to view nature in its true beauty through Adams perspective. This idea has been supported by artistic scholars, as well as Ansel himself. Ansel says in the film: "I can not express the internal meaning of pictures whatsoever. Some of my friends can at very mystical levels, but I prefer to say that: If I feel something strongly I would make a photograph. That would be equivalent to what I saw and felt. When I'm ready making a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind's eye something that is not literally there, in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in expressing something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.” His goal was to show an old time America through black and white stills as Jonathan Spaulding a biographer noted. “Well, I…show more content…
The documentary pulled together notable biographers and photographers who studied Adams’ life, and subsequently gave their personal testimonies on what they found. Additionally, family members such as his son, Michael, also gave personal testimony that expressed his father's passion and determination. in intimate detail. Even Ansel himself gave a personal testimony to his experience in Yosemite. Andrea Gray Stillman, who was still Ansel Adams chief executive, also spoke of different periods of his life and how his photography and his passion for photography was his driving motivating

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