Ansel Adams is the master we black and white photographers look up to. With his eye and his skill, especially in the darkroom, he made many people love photographs. We owe him much.
The May Star-Telegram article about the Adams exhibit (see: “Unmistakably Adams: An American master’s photographs of nature sing with detail and intense emotion”) was over the top in mentioning photographers taking, “their own, poor facsimile” of Half Dome.
Before digital, many photographers did their own darkroom work and could make excellent prints. We have our own prints of Half Dome. and they are not poor facsimiles.
I was so disappointed. Prints in this exhibit are poor examples of Adams’ work compared to those I have seen before.
The snap of excellence just isn’t present. Given the hype about Moon and Half Dome, most people probably expected to see a copy of it in Arlington.
Strangely, it wasn’t there!
Nevertheless, those who don’t know his work so well may have loved the exhibit.