Be an Armchair Traveler and Experience Ansel Adams: The Masterworks at the Columbus Museum

Acclaimed photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams is famous for his black and white images of dazzling landscapes, waterfalls and mountain peaks.

Visitors to The Columbus Museum will see a different side of the photography pioneer in the exhibition Ansel Adams: The Masterworks, which is on view now until December 30.

“This show encompasses more than just classic images of the West,” explained Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art at the Museum. “Adams is certainly known for those but this show has many other images from other parts of the country.”

It is only the second time the 30 photographs have been on view in Georgia. The collection of images were hand printed, selected and signed by Adams, and are on loan to the Museum from the artist’s granddaughter, Virginia Adams Mayhew.

Prints such as Moonrise and Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine depict breathtaking natural scenes, while portraiture shows the faces of Adams’ subjects. Some faces visitors may recognize such as in Alfred Stieglitz and Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, An American Place and others are unnamed.

The range of views reflects diversity, Walz said.

“The exhibition is really a great opportunity to see landscapes and portraits of people from across the United States,” he added. “So it’s really kind of a way for our local visitors to be armchair travelers, in a sense, to take a sort of visual vacation and look at images that are not just handsome but really tell us what it means to be an American.”

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