Ansel Adams Celebration

 FEBRUARY 22 - 23, 2019!


The Center celebrates legendary photographer and co-founder of the Center, Ansel Adams, on an annual basis. The event serves as a way to honor Adams' birthday in February and to share the Center's world-class collection with the public.  

2018 Celebration
February 16-17, 2018

Friday, February 16
5:30 to 8:00 pm - Evening Event

Join us for an exclusive reception to celebrate Ansel Adams. Guests will enjoy a private print viewing of additional Adams prints not on dispay in Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, an archival material viewing, the first look at the exhibition, and a chance to meet Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. This event is free for CCP members and $30 for the general public. Not a member yet? Click here!   Space is limited- Members, please RSVP to to reserve your spot. General tickets are available here.

Saturday, February 17
Noon to 4:00 pm - Public Celebration 

Join us for an afternoon of Ansel fun! Activities include the opening of Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, self-guided archival object tours, cake, vintage camera display, and hands-on family activity. The afternoon also features a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning Photojournalist, David Hume Kennerly, a friend of Ansel Adams. 


February 17 - May 20, 2018

Exhibition: Ansel Adams: Performing the Print

Ansel Adams famously said that the photographic negative is like a composer’s score, and the print a performance.  As home of the Ansel Adams Archive, the Center is uniquely positioned to illustrate Adams’s meaning.  This exhibition of twenty-four photographs will feature sets of prints—grouped in twos and threes—that show how on different occasions Adams created varying interpretations from his own negatives.  The exhibition will also feature a small selection of prints that span the master’s six-decade career to highlight Adams’s particular talent and sensitivity as a photographic printer.



Thank you to our sponsors!

Media sponsor:

Zocalo Magazine

Event sponsors:

Tim Hagyard, Long Realty Company

Western Photographic Historical Society



To see photos and details from our 2017 celebration, click here!