A Year in Books/Day 110: Ansel Adams An Autobiography

  • Title: Ansel Adams An Autobiography
  • Author: Ansel Adams
  • Year Published: 1985/This Edition:1996 (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Year Purchased: 2000/2001
  • Source: Barnes & Noble clearance rack
  • About: Iconic is an over used word and idea. Very few people truly and permanently achieve that status. Ansel Adams, the Californian known for his crisp black and white nature photography, certainly deserves the label. His expansive, down-to-earth and gruff nature flies off the page, making 82 years of wide experience seem fresh, lively and interesting. For eight decades, he witnessed the extremes of a rapidly changing America; as a pioneering artist and activist, he was responsible for much of that transformation.

    A photo portrait of photographer Ansel Adams, ...

    A photo portrait of photographer Ansel Adams, which first appeared in the 1950 Yosemite Field School yearbook. Deutsch: Portrait des Fotografen Ansel Adams, erstmals 1950 im Jahrbuch der Yosemite Field School erschienen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Motivation: I love to learn what drives and shapes creative people and their processes.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 55: “The snapshot is not as simple a statement as some may believe. It represents something that each of us has seen-more as human beings than photographers-and wants to keep as a memento, a special thing encountered. The little icons that return from the photo-finisher provide recollections of events, people, places; they stir memories and create fantasies. Through the billions of snapshots made each year a visual history of our times is recorded in enormous detail.”
  • Happiness Scale: 9 1/2

2 thoughts on “A Year in Books/Day 110: Ansel Adams An Autobiography

  1. Hello. I’m a new follower of your blog and I am enjoying your posts very much. I was curious, what inspired you to do the Project 366?

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    • Thanks for the sweet words and for following our blog! I was inspired to do this twist on Project 366 because I’ve been an avid reader since I was three; as a result, I own a lot of books! I thought that it would be interesting to really think about how, when, and why those books came into my life and why I’ve kept them. It has been an eye-opening process for me. I’m surprised, for instance, by how many books I have re-read over the years. Plus, it saves me from doing full-on book reviews here (unless I really want to) like I do in the real world! 🙂

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