August 12

Art of an Icon

Ansel Adams: Masterworks at MOHAI.

Arguably the United States’ most celebrated photographer, Ansel Adams built his portfolio over the course of more than five decades. The landscape photographer is known for his stunning depictions of some of the country’s most iconic natural landscapes, ranging from El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park to the vibrant wildflowers carpeting Mount Rainier.

Now, art lovers who appreciate his photography and those who are new to his exposures can view 48 of his self-described best works at the Museum of History and Industry.

“It is an honor for MOHAI to feature the work of such an iconic artist like Ansel Adams. The response from our visitors has been overwhelming and we’re proud to share his photography with our community,” said MOHAI executive director Leonard Garfield.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks offers up the breadth of this groundbreaking artist’s career and allows visitors the chance to understand how important our natural world was to him.

“Ansel Adams: Masterworks fits beautifully into MOHAI’s mission to explore the past, understand the present, and inspire a better future. The way he both respects and celebrates the natural world though his photographs is something we’re honored to share with our community here in Seattle,” Garfield explained.

Sharing this platform with Adams’ work is an additional exhibition called Perspectives on Place: Photographs from Here. This exhibit displays 15 photographs from the collections of MOHAI and the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.

Native American men river fishing wit spears.

“This is a unique exhibit experience that explore the relationship between humans and place illustrated in a selection of MOHAI and BHS photographs curated by three members of the Puget Sound Community—activists, poets, community organizers, and youth—who bring dramatic new perspectives to an understanding of our region,” he said.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks and Perspectives on Place: Photographs from Here are on display at MOHAI through September 5. Admission for both exhibits is included with regular MOHAI admission, $22 for adults, $18 for seniors aged 65 and up, and $17 for student and military. Youth aged 14 and under are free with a paying adult.

Story by Ethan Chung, exhibition images courtesy MOHAI, & photographs by Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, photo by Tom Barlet & The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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