walking through the gallery

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Walking through the gallery, the artwork of Ansel Easton Adams caught my eye; my favorite piece was his 1929 photograph of Tony Lujan. Adams is famous for his mastery in black and white photography. His photos contain vast scale as well as intimate detail. Adams was born in 1902 in San Francisco. Hisfirst love was for music as he trained to become a concert pianist. However, in 1916, Adams took hisfirst trip to Yosemite National Park. It was there when his parents gave him a camera and he took hisfirst photographs.
Adams skill for photography grew with age. He published hisfirst set of prints in 1927. In 1932, Adams formed a group of photographers that he named "Group f/64". Their philosophy was to "embody an approach to perfect realization of photographic vision through technically flawless prints". With the support and intervention of this group, Adams went on to develop many outstanding photographs and publish more than two dozen books. Adams main focus in photography was centered in California; more specifically in Yosemite. In 1984, the United States Congress established the Ansel Adams Wilderness area, between Yosemite National Park and the John Muir Wilderness area in California. Adams even had a mount named after him on the southeast boundary of Yosemite in 1985. Ansel Adams is described as an "engineer of photography". Adams used science to perfect his prints and become a master of the whole process from shooting to development to print and even to reproduction.
The piece I have chosen is of a Native American named Tony Lujan. This black and white photo captures many subtle tone and light changes. It is very detailed; even the smallest lines are visible in his face. Tony Lujan is wearing a native hooded cloth that extends down his neck and over his shoulders and chest. His facial expression is captured beautifully which moves the viewer to feel.

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