Ansel Adams Lecture, Exhibition and Round Table Discussion

Frozen Lake & Cliffs, Kaweah Gap, Sierra Nevada, California, 1932

Duncan Miller Gallery is offering a two-hour seminar on “The Life and Work of Ansel Adams” on Sunday, September 19 from 2-4 pm. $40 per person, see below.

The importance of Ansel Adams’ contributions in the art of photography are many. Adams (1902-1984) started the first classes to teach photography at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He taught and mentored countless photographers. Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, and he invented the zone system in photography.

The recent widely-reported controversy surrounding a Fresno man’s garage sale find of a box of glass plate negatives, that he attributed to Adams, has a silver lining — many people are discovering (or re-discovering) Ansel Adams. According to gallery director Daniel Miller, “This interest presented us a great opportunity to present an educational seminar, and brief exhibition on Ansel Adams.”

Here is the schedule of the Sunday, September 19th event:

2-3 pm Carol McCusker, PhD, presents a one-hour multimedia lecture on “The Life and Work of Ansel Adams.” McCusker was the former Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on the history of photography at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is also Adjunct Prof at the University of San Diego and UCSD where she teaches the history of photography.

3-4 pm John Upton (photo-historian, photographer and friend/colleague to Adams), Carol McCusker, and noted San Francisco Ansel Adams photography expert Scott Nichols will conduct a round table conversation about Adams’ work, connoisseurship, and the newly found glass plates.

There will be a selection of authentic Ansel Adams photos on display, including Moonrise, pictured above. The gallery will also have the first public viewing of three of Earl Brooks “Uncle Earl” photographs, side-by-side with the glass plate images that have been attributed to Ansel Adams (prints will be on display during gallery hours from Sept 11 until Sept 19).

Just 30 seats are available for this seminar. The fee is $40 per person. Please click here to buy on Pay Pal (no special account required), or call the gallery with a credit card to reserve (310) 838-2440.

Duncan Miller Gallery
10959 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90034
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By Jim McKinniss

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