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Ansel Adams (1902-1984), whose photographs of the western United States landscape, particularly those of the magnificent Yosemite Valley, have been etched into the consciousness of several generations. But, as with many great artists, his work has perhaps been overexposed, reaching that condition where familiarity tends to dilute its impact. And, too, at a time when taste in art runs to edgier styles and urban angst, rather than to more traditional landscape or (dare it be said?) spiritual content, Adams' work is ripe for reassessment.

He is a true artist and not simply a photographer. He would spend a whole day at a time perfecting one of his images through the printing process. It is not sufficient to claim that he only captured what he could see with his eye, but through his dodging and burning techniques he could see a landscape in front of him and know to what degree it would need manipulation in the dark room. Today, many people involved in video refer to this technique as shooting to edit.

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