Ansel Adams: A Biography

Author(s): Mary Street Alinder


First published in 1996, Mary Street Alinder's biography of Ansel Adams remains the only full biography of one of the greatest American photographers. Alinder is a respected scholar, but also had a personal connection to Adams, serving as his chief assistant in the last five years of his life. Alinder assisted him with his autobiography, and edited a volume of his letters. Her biography is uniquely informed on his philosphy and personality and likely to remain unrivaled.
Though the portrait Alinder creates is affectionate, it is also clear-eyed. She takes on his difficult childhood in San Francisco, friendships and rivalries within his circle of photgraphers, complex professional relationships, his marriage, his affairs, and his not-always-successful fatherhood. She is deeply informed on his artistic influences and principles, his photographic techniques and styles.
This new edition will bring the classic up to date with new information, including the later years and death of Adams' widow, Virginia Best Adams. It will also include approximately 20 b&w reproductions of Adams' work and snapshots of the artist.


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The definitive biography of Ansel Adams-revised and updated in a new edition.

Mary Street Alinder is an independent scholar specializing in twentieth-century photography. In addition to her writings, she has curated exhibitions worldwide, including the 1987 Adams blockbuster at the de Young Museum and a 2002 Adams Centennial exhibition. Alinder has lectured internationally, from Washington, DC's National Gallery to London's Barbican Centre and China's Shanghai Cultural Center. She lives in Northern California.

General Fields

  • : 9781620408001
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • : January 2015
  • : 235mm X 155mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 770/.92 B
  • : 496
  • : 2 x 16 page B&W inserts B&W art throughout
  • : Mary Street Alinder
  • : Paperback
  • : English