Stream, Sea, Clouds, Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, 1962

Photograph by Ansel Adams


Collection, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

©2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust


Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge

Tour duration: June 9, 2012 to December 8, 2013

Ansel Adams' appreciation for water was never far from the surface. He was drawn to the subject in all its forms, from rain, fog, mist and clouds to ice and snow. He also photographed water's effects in tide pools, weathered buildings and erosion patterns. His fascination with surf and crashing waves fed his interest in waterfalls and rapids in the High Sierra. In Yellowstone, it fueled his photographs of Old Faithful.

As in the famous Surf Sequence ca.1940, Adams often photographed water in ways that embrace seriality, motion, and time as meaningful modern themes.

At the Water's Edge combines famous images with extraordinary but lesser-known examples, expanding knowledge of Adams' work and building appreciation for the artist as an important and innovative modernist.


Peabody Essex Museum | www.pem.org | June 9 - October 8, 2012

Royal Museums Greenwich | www.rmg.co.uk | November 9, 2012 - April 28, 2013

Australian National Maritime Museum | www.anmm.gov.au | July 4 - Dec. 8, 2013