Luke Strosnider, Ansel Adams | New Landscapes, Hardcover artist's book, Archival inkjet prints, 23 pages, Edition of 25, 2006,
17 x 11 inches, Courtesy and copyright of the artist
Luke Strosnider, from Ansel Adams | New Landscapes, Hardcover artist's book, Archival inkjet prints, 23 pages, Edition of 25, 2006, 17 x 11 inches, Courtesy and copyright of the artist
Much of the history of photography is also a history of technology, and our current time is one of intense transition. Photoshop has remediated Ansel Adams's brilliant Zone System, and the precise control offered by both are closely related. The histograms of his landscapes form a two-way bridge between eras of photographic practice and remind us that as our technologies of expression rapidly evolve, it is vital to consider our image-making tools as much as we do our images.
Like his beloved Half Dome, Adams's place in photographic history and culture is larger than life. To the casual viewer, the ubiquity of his work in so many oversized volumes signals his colossal importance. To the more serious photographer, his legacies are several: veneration of nature, dedication to a cohesive vision, and technical mastery bordering on obsession. This book is a nod to all of these definitions. There is humor here, but also reverence.
- Luke Strosnider