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Making A Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams

by Rebecca A Senf
Making A Photographer Book Cover

Making A Photographer Book Cover

An unprecedented and eye-opening examination of the early career of one of America’s most celebrated photographers

One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. Although many of Adams’s images are now iconic, his early work has remained largely unknown. In this first monograph dedicated to the beginnings of Adams’s career, Rebecca A. Senf argues that these early photographs are crucial to understanding Adams’s artistic development and offer new insights into many aspects of the artist’s mature oeuvre.

“In her brilliant book, Dr. Rebecca Senf allows us to go beyond the pure beauty of Adams’s images. We are brought into a much-needed passion and complexity of his practice.” -Catherine Opie

Published by Yale University Press in association with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Making A Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams is available now in the Center for Creative Photography Bookstore, located in the CCP lobby, or online through Yale University Press here.


Senf will give virtual book talks at the following dates and locations:

  • August 20, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT)- Princeton- A Gigantic Glittering Dome of Stars: Ansel Adams and the Value of Wilderness. Click here to register and for more information
  • August 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m.– CFAP – Conversation with Hamidah Glasgow
  • August 26, 2020, 1 p.m.- ICP
  • September 23, 2020– virtual (prerecorded) - Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in partnership with Silver Eye, PGH Photo Fair, and Carnegie Museum of Art.
  • September 24, 2020– virtual – West Virginia University Museum of Art
  • October 21-23, 2020– virtual – Medium Summit – Ansel Adams and the YPCCO