Ansel Adams, Bowling tournament at Burbank Bowl, Selenium-toned Silver Gelatin Fiber Print, Edition of 8, 18 x 18”, 1940, printed 2012.
Ansel Adams: Los Angeles
May 24 – June 30, 2012
Saturday May 26, 2012, 3–7 pm
Wednesday–Friday 11-6 pm, Saturday 12–5 pm
Bert Green Fine Art is honored to present, in association with drkrm in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Ansel Adams Los Angeles, rarely seen photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. These nostalgic images from the archives of The Los Angeles Public Library Ansel Adams Collection represent Ansel Adams as a photojournalist on assignment for Fortune Magazine in 1940.
In 1940 Los Angeles had a population of 1.5 million. The cost of gas was 10 cents and a new car was $700. The U.S. began rearming for World War II and the prestigious Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation industry in the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects. But when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included (a copy of the original magazine will be on display at the gallery). In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: “The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good… I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value… At any event, I do not want them back.” But as many critics will agree, sometimes an artist is not always the best judge of their own work.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) created some of the most influential photographs ever made; he was one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of environmental values. It seems that every third family in America has an Adams’ poster on the wall, images that were difficult to make but easy to love. His images portray a romanticized and unspoiled Western American landscape, but Ansel Adams Los Angeles is a whole other body of work that is rarely discussed, let alone seen.
drkrm, with the cooperation of the The Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, will create new silver-gelatin prints made from the original negatives. These 30 dramatic black and white limited-edition photographs, on display to the public for the first time in this traveling exhibition, will be offered for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LAPL.
(images for this exhibition may be downloaded at the gallery website, click on “Press”)