Ansel Adams was the first photographer whose work I recognized, loved and hung up on the walls of my bedroom. I daresay that as far as my love of photography is concerned, Ansel Adams planted the seed. I visited the Eiteljorg Museum last week to preview the Ansel Adams exhibit which is open now and runs through August 3, 2014. I have to admit that it was a special honor for me to take photographs for this exhibit considering Ansel Adams has been a life-long inspiration to me.
The Ansel Adams exhibit features 75 photographs personally selected by the late Ansel Adams himself that he felt best represented the best of his work. Days later, I’m still thinking about the beautiful images. There is much to learn about Ansel Adams through both the descriptions of the photographs and the documentary about his life that plays the gallery.
The Eiteljorg is very welcoming to children (4 and under are free!). For this exhibit, I decided to leave my three-year old twins at home because I really wanted to take my time. But, I think that older children must see this exhibit! With Spring Break almost here, it would be a great time to show your school-age children these beautiful photographs. Ansel Adams himself picked up a camera at the age of 14 and never looked back. For more about visiting with kids, see my post about visiting the Eiteljorg with kids.
The Eiteljorg also has several awesome programs that compliment the Ansel Adams exhibit.
- Sign up for a photography workshop focusing on black and white photography on Saturday, April 12, 2-4 pm.
- On Saturday, April 19, 2-3 pm, hear from local photographer, Lyle Mannwieler tell stories about his adventures in Yosemite alongside Ansel Adams while touring the exhibit. Or join Mr. Mannwieler on Saturday, June 14th for a tour of the exhibit and a discussion of how Ansel Adams contributed to the growth of photography.
- Take a photo walk along the beautiful downtown canal. You’ll be led by experts and meet others who love photography. Following the photo walk, you can enjoy a visit to the Ansel Adams exhibit for free.
For more information on any of the above programs, see the Eiteljorg Museum website.
After you’ve visited the exhibit and are sufficiently inspired, go out and shoot some black and white yourself. Enter the Eiteljorg’s Black and White Photo Contest where you can win great prizes including a new camera and a membership to the Eiteljorg. You can find more details and enter on the Eiteljorg Museum Facebook page.