Ansel Adams in the Cana­dian Rock­ies

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

Lit­tle, Brown, 96 pages, $30 AMER­I­CAN Ansel Adams is one of the most fa­mous pho­tog­ra­phers in his­tory, but this col­lec­tion of blackand-white pho­tos of moun­tains and lakes in the Cana­dian Rock­ies is near the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer. Sur­pris­ingly, for all of the moun­tain vista pho­tos Adams is known for, this col­lec­tion, taken in Jasper Na­tional Park and neigh­bour­ing Mount Rob­son Pro­vin­cial Park dur­ing the Sierra Club’s an­nual out­ing in 1928 when he was the group’s vol­un­teer pho­tog­ra­pher, was the only time he pulled out his cam­era for an ex­pe­di­tion out­side of the United States. Sadly, some of the im­ages de­pict places that no longer look quite the same to­day. The glacier Adams snapped be­low Mount Rob­son now ends al­most two kilo­me­tres away from where it was when he was there. In what may be un­in­tended irony, the book sells for the same price Adams sold a port­fo­lio of pho­tos to other mem­bers of the trip.

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