Late in his life, in response to persistent public interest in how his images were made, Ansel Adams published Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs. The book, which attempted to answer a question Adams’ was frequently asked, “How did you make this photograph?”, delves into the circumstances surrounding all aspects of the famed photographer’s image-making process. In it, Adams provides background to how he came to make certain images, outlines his thought process, and provides technical details related to each photograph. A mixture of Adams’ most iconic works, as well as lesser-known pictures, “Examples” delivers an insightful look into the photographer’s work and process.
Taking the book as its template Ansel Adams: Examples draws upon the Center for Creative Photography’s collection of Adams’ work to realize the premise of “Examples” with original prints and archival materials. Paired with text from the book, written by Adams himself, the exhibition affords viewers and unprecedented opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Adams’ work.