Ansel Adams's awe-inspiring photographs of American landscapes featuring water were displayed at the National Maritime Museum in 2012-13.

This exhibition has now closed

This spectacular exhibition in the Sammy Ofer Wing of the National Maritime Museum ran from 9 November 2012 to 28 April 2013.

Ansel Adams (1902-84) is the most popular and arguably the most influential landscape photographer in American history. Famous for dramatic and evocative landscapes, he produced iconic and beautiful images of American nature. 

Ansel Adams' striking photos of water

The forests, mountains and coastlines of the US provided a rich environment for Adams’s pioneering photography, and this exhibition brougt together his most powerful and striking pictures of water in all its forms, from awe-inspiring images of epic seascapes, dramatic rapids and geysers, to crashing waterfalls, placid ponds, raging rivers and beautiful ice-locked landscapes. 

Fluid, ephemeral, and unpredictable, water brought dynamic motion and feeling to his pictures. Water provided Adams with a persistent source of inspiration and opportunity for experimentation both in his art and his photographic process. Adams was a true pioneer whose influence continues to be felt to this day.

Witness over 100 original prints from the extraordinary detail of the tiniest images through to three of his ground-breaking photographic murals, each almost three meters in height.

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea was a must-see exhibition for lovers of photography. 

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The exhibition was organised by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA with support by David H. Arrington, the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, and Visit California.

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