Over the course of a successful and prolific career that lasted over six decades, Ansel Adams produced some of the world’s most iconic landscape photography and earned renown as one of the art form’s foremost American practitioners.
Since November of last year, London’s National Maritime Museum has been host to a major exhibition of the artist’s work. The museum’s showcase includes over 100 individual prints, among them a number of Adams’ “ground-breaking photographic murals” that are each almost three metres tall.
Entitled Photography from the Mountains to the Sea, the exhibition is based on the theme of water – exploring oceans, coastlines, rivers and waterfalls, all of which figure heavily in the photographer’s work and imbue it with “dynamic motion and feeling”.
This is a must-see event for photography enthusiasts as well as anyone captivated by the beauty of the American landscape, which Adams captured in spades. After a long and successful run, the exhibition will be closing next Sunday (April 28th) – so art lovers currently visiting the capital owe it to themselves to get down to Greenwich as soon as they can.
Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902 and began to practice photography as a teenager. By the 1940s, his reputation as one of the most important American photographers had been sealed and his shows were attended by millions of visitors.
Many of Adams’ most famous photographs were taken in Yosemite National Park, and his work remains strongly associated with the park’s mountains, lakes and forests.
The National Maritime Museum is located in Greenwich, a short trip from Luxury Hotels London and best served by the Docklands Light Railway. Tickets to the exhibition cost £7 for adults, including a small donation to the museum, and a range of family and concession fares are also available. For the last two weekends of the exhibition, opening times will be 10am – 7pm.