Even the greatest outdoorsman occasionally takes shelter from the cold and rain, and the Booth Western Art Museum has the perfect indoor exhibit for nature art lovers. Ansel Adams: Before & After is a fantastic photography exhibit featuring art by the celebrated photographer, his predecessors, peers, and modern photographers inspired by Adams.
The Early Years portion of the exhibition features images representing the art of five photographers who came before Ansel Adams. These visionaries set the stage for photography as an art form and influenced Adams’ early career.
From there, the exhibit follows Adams’ innovative career alongside other photographers moving away from the fuzzy impressionistic style to focus on defined images detailing patterns and contours. This portion of the exhibit offers a close look at timeless images captured by Ansel Adams, including White House Ruin, Surf and Rock, and Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, CA.
The exhibition also showcases the images of modern photographers benefiting from Adams’ creative contributions to art. A mix of film and digital photography, the Next Generation includes striking images from third-generation photographer Cara Weston, veteran photography instructor Al Weber, and pioneering environmental photographer Philip Hyde, among others.
The exhibit comes to a close with a look at images representing the future of photography. Stunning visions captured and created using advanced digital techniques leave viewers with a sense of wonder and imagination.