Art: Realism With Reverence

No artist has pictured the magnificence of the western states more eloquently than Photographer Ansel Adams. This summer thousands upon thousands of tourists will follow Adams' well-beaten trail up & down the National Parks, fixing the cold eyes of their cameras on the same splendors he has photographed—and hoping, somehow, to match his art.

It is art, not artiness; Adams shoots straight, as these pictures of Utah's Capitol Reef and Yosemite's Vernal Fall show. Painting, he thinks, has a bad influence on photographers, leading them to romanticize what they see. Adams shuns trick effects. Objectivity, reinforced by every technical resource of the...

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