ANSEL ADAMS, AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP

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ANSEL ADAMS,  AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP

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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND …

In the days of film photography a print of an image as it came out of the camera was known as a “straight print.” The image above is a straight print made by Ansel Adams of his iconic Moonrise. To paraphrase David Byrne, “This is not my beautiful photograph!” If this is a print of the image straight from the camera, how did Ansel Adams achieve the dramatic effect of the finished print of Moonrise? You might even say, “But I thought he was a great photographer.” He was. The ability to look at a scene and know that it will make a great photograph is the essence of the talent of a great photographer, whether it be Ansel Adams, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Julia Margaret…

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