Last night I watched a DVD from the library. A biography of Ansel Adams.
It had lots of his wonderful photographs from Yosemite and explained how he came to take them. I know his images of Half Dome would appeal to climbers out there.
Not as much of the photographic technique as I’d expected, but an interesting insight into his life never the less. I was a little disappointed how they kept trying to make out he was driven as a true patriot and how his work was especially American, rather than simply celebrating his skill, determination and love of nature. He happened to be American.
Anyway, the purpose of the blog entry is a quote from Adams of his friend Alfred Stieglitz‘s intended epitaph. I thought it was witty. Almost Oscar Wilde so.
“Here lies Alfred Stieglitz. He lived for better or for worse, but he’s dead for good.”
The entire programme’s transcript can be read here… unfortunately without the wonderful photographs: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/filmmore/pt.html