Ansel Adam’s son Michael vis­it­ed the East­man House and it was a real treat. He told the sto­ries of being on pho­to trips with Ansel and how images like Moon­rise (above).
Now the ‘like father, like son’ com­ment is fun­ny, as Michael is a doc­tor who rarely takes pho­tographs. BUT he real­ly had Ansel’s, kind spir­it and humor.

The top ques­tion Michael gets asked? “What would Ansel think about dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy ?” Michael sug­gests that Ansel would have loved dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and near to his death, Ansel was being give Apple com­put­ers by Steve Jobs, which he loved.

It makes sense that AA would have embraced dig­i­tal since many of his final prints are worlds away from the look of the raw neg­a­tive. Ansel said that ‘the neg­a­tive is the score and the print is the per­for­mance’. That’s well shown by many of AA’s print­ing notes on dis­play with the show… Do you won­der how he print­ed the Moon­rise pho­to? The show even has his hand-writ­ten notes on what areas to dodge and burn as well as exam­ples of how the straight print would have looked.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to GEH for mount­ing this great exhi­bi­tion (all of which comes from GEH’s own archive!) and thanks to Dr. Adams and his wife for the won­der­ful sto­ries and vis­it. Show runs through Sep­tem­ber 3rd 2007… so go soon. Info HERE

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