Ansel Adams' West

January 25, 1996|By John Dorsey

Ansel Adams' photographs of the great scenery of the American West have become some of the most popular images in American photography. They capture the majesty of landscape and also speak of the aspirations of the human soul.

An exhibit of about 50 Adams photographs, primarily from the first half of his career (he lived from 1902 to 1984), is on view at the gallery of Salisbury State University.

Concurrently, there is a supporting exhibit of works by Edward Weston and Paul Strand, two photographers whose work influenced Adams. In fact, Adams was unsure whether to pursue a career as a pianist or a photographer until he saw a show of Strand's work in 1930 and, as he later wrote, "That afternoon I realized the great potential of the medium as an expressive art."

At the University Gallery, Fulton Hall, Salisbury State University, Route 13 and College Avenue, Salisbury, through March 3. Hours through January: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Beginning in February, it's also open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call (410) 543-6271.

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