Ansel Adams: Early Works

Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibition opens in June

Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, gelatin silver print, 1938 | Photo by Ansel Adams, courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Ansel Adams: Early Works presents 35 vintage gelatin silver prints, ranging from the 1920s to 1950s. Some of Adams’ most famous views of the American West are featured, including many pictures of Yosemite National Park. In contrast to his later prints, these vintage photographs are smaller scale and have warmer tones. The exhibition is on view at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street June 11 – October 1, 2023, and is included with general admission.

In addition to the photographs, two cameras similar to models that Adams used, and other photographic equipment are displayed to help illustrate his creative process. Ansel Adams: Early Works is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. All photographs are from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.


Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a giant in the field of landscape photography, as well as an environmentalist, musician, explorer, critic and teacher. His work captured the sublime beauty of the unspoiled Western landscape, from Arizona to Alaska. In 1919, at the age of 17, Adams began working as a caretaker in Yosemite National Park, and eventually he returned to live there in a small art studio. Adams’ landscape photography was deeply entwined with his environmental conservation efforts, especially in his work photographing national parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1968, Adams was awarded the Department’s highest civilian honor, the Conservation Service Award.

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