Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man

Wednesday, February 20, 2013  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Speaker: Andrea Stillman
Event Type: Photography

Few photographers have had more impact on America than Ansel Adams, and we are very excited to be able to celebrate his birthday with his former assistant, Andrea Stillman. Andrea’s talk will be an intimate look at the photographer and the man. Said an attendee at one of her museum lectures, “You made Ansel come to life for all of us.”

Here is what Andrea has to say about working with Ansel: “I first met Ansel in 1972 when he came to New York to discuss an exhibition of his photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I worked. I was immediately impressed by his open friendly demeanor, his sense of humor and his modesty. We worked together for two years on his retrospective, and after it opened in the spring of 1974 he asked me to move to Carmel and become his assistant. I leapt at the chance, and for the next six years I worked for Ansel in his home studio. He always had a photographic assistant to help in the darkroom, so I did everything else. This included managing the sale of hundreds of his photographs - everything from telling Ansel which negative to print to approving the final mounted photograph and writing the title on the back. I also edited his writing and lectures and worked with him on innumerable books of his photographs – selecting the images, assisting with the production, and working on press to assure the best reproductions. I also accompanied him on many trips to open exhibitions and promote new books. One of my last tasks was to organize his extensive archive. It included an enormous correspondence with artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edward Weston and hundreds of his photographs made over more than fifty years–ranging from a unique 3 1⁄4x4 1⁄4inch contact print of lodgepole pines in the High Sierra made when he was nineteen years old to an enormous 40 x 60 inch mural size print of Mount McKinley made in the 1960s. In addition I produced a one-hour documentary on his life for public television.”

Andrea’s talk will be followed by a book signing of her highly acclaimed book, ‘Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man’

Andrea Stillman

Ansel died in 1984, but I continue to work on his photographic legacy. I edit books of his photographs for The Ansel Adams Trust. I curate exhibitions of his photographs, including a recreation of his seminal exhibition in 1936 at Alfred Stieglitz’s New York gallery. I appraise, buy and sell his work for collectors and museums and I lecture at museums all over the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery. My most recent book about Ansel’s photographs, including my personal experiences, ‘Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man’ was published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company.


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