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    Ansel Adams: The Golden Gate Before The Bridge, San Francisco, about 1932 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

Extraordinary new Ansel Adams show features his water works in all their glory

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Ansel Adams, the godfather of American landscape photography is one of those creatives who is always a sheer pleasure to revisit. The man responsible for fixing an idea of how we see the United States and its monumental topography still has the ability to strike the viewer dumb with his work, however familiar we think we are with it.

A new show at London’s National Maritime Museum focuses on the photographer’s treatment of water – from ponds to geysers, rivers to snowscapes – and the manifold ways in which his unerring eye for a shot works with this most ephemeral substance produces a host of truly stupefying works.

With more than 100 prints on show, this is the perfect chance to remind ourselves just how and why Ansel Adams is so revered, and a great antidote to the Instagrammification of the way in which we view landscape photography.

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea runs until April 23.

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    Ansel Adams: Upper Yosemite Fall, Yosemite Valley, circa 1960 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

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    Ansel Adams: Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, about 1937 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. Image courtesy of David H. Arrington)

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    Ansel Adams: Stream, Sea, Clouds – Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, 1962 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

  • The-tetons-and-the-snake-river_-grand-teton-national-park_-wyoming_-1942_-photograph-by-ansel-adams

    Ansel Adams: The Tetons and The Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

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    Ansel Adams: Waterfall, Northern Cascades, Washington, 1960 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

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    Ansel Adams: Waves, Dillon Beach, California 1964 (Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust)

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.