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Ansel Adams at the National Maritime Museum

7 December 2012 | London Calling

"Those American trust murals were amazing to see in the flesh, I sat on the bench for a while to let them sink in."

London can be a cynical place. It’s perhaps a natural, and national, trait of ours that we like to route for the underdog and build them up and up before knocking them back down, particularly in the arts!

Take Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin as examples. When they were unknowns their work was bold, adventurous, provocative and inspiring. They became household names. As soon as they did, out came the negative Nancy’s claiming them to be sell outs and simply a highly commercial brand.

So when a photography leviathan such as Ansel Adams has an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum and it’s widely lauded rather than disparaged, this is both unexpected and highly exciting news.

If you didn’t know who Ansel was already, I pretty much guarantee you’ve seen a few of his shots. It could be said he’s the most popular and influential American photographer of all time and his forté were the natural dramatic landscapes of the forest, mountains and coastlines the US provides. If you’ve ever seen a calendar with shots of America such as this, the odds are it’s an Ansel Adams photo.

‘Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea’ displays over 100 of these images, all of them featuring water in one form or another. From seascapes to rapids and from rapids to waterfalls, Adams’ fascination for water and the opportunities it provided him to experiment in his field is conveyed perfectly in what is fast becoming one of the most popular exhibitions held in London this year.

The response from the visiting public has already been overwhelmingly positive and in particular the feelings that the images evoke. Twitter has been awash with great feedback and we’ve gathered the best of the bunch below. So don’t take it from us, take it from people who’ve been and seen…

 

Go and see the Ansel Adams exhibition at the @NMMGreenwich if you can. Masterful photography and prints. I personally found it inspirational.

Those American trust murals were amazing to see in the flesh, I sat on the bench for a while to let them sink in.

I went to the #AnselAdams exhibition on Saturday, took the GF for her birthday thought it was excellent highly recommended!

New found fan of #AnselAdams – especially his early and unseen(to me) work. I would say it was a must see exhibition!

I got a bit teary, it reminded me of home, And now I want to quit my job and drive across America!

A beautiful building and an extraordinary exhibition. Fully recommend #AnselAdams @NMMGreenwich

Loved the #AnselAdams exhibition @NMMGreenwich – got a bit emotional stood in front of a lifesize print of the ocean, made me miss the sea.

 

Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea is at the National Maritime Museum until the 28th April 2013. To book tickets, click here.

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