The show commemorates the centennial anniversary of the birth of one of America?s most
popular and beloved photographers. For those die-hard Adams enthusiasts, this show is unique and
should not be missed. Szarkowski?s vision of Adams is a personal one; it seeks to demonstrate why
Adams is not only a great photographer and avid environmentalist, but also why he is one of the
great modern artists of the 20th century. This extensive vision is crucial, as it seems likely that much
of the general public?s experience of the prolific Adams has been through the mass marketing of a
limited number of images that have appeared over and over again in calendars, posters and cards.
These images have not addressed Adams? full range of artistic clarity and sophistication as an artist.
Because of this, many of us may view the artist solely through the lens of the objective photographer
or as a Californian environmentalist, which altogether bypass the sensitivity and complexity that an
artist, and not a mere photographer, can offer an audience.
Located in a number of galleries within the museum, the exhibition has been intelligently
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