EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 3 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery


Ansel Adams: Before & After Gallery Guide – click here!

Portrait of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2006© Bob Kolbrener, Portrait of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2006. Image courtesy of Lumière. Migrant Mother, 1936Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936. Image courtesy of Lumière. The Allen River Enters Lake Chauekuktuli, 2001© Robert Glenn Ketchum, The Allen River Enters Lake Chauekuktuli, 2001. Image courtesy of Lumière.

Experience Ansel Adams’ iconic images in a new light – set amongst the work of predecessors, peers and contemporary photographers.


Ansel Adams: Before & After has been supported by several exciting programs.Michael, Washburn Point, 2009

Exhibition Opening Reception & Lecture  SOLD OUT!
On Saturday, November 14, 2015, nearly 400 people enjoyed sat in awe of Dr. Michael Adams, son of legendary photographer Ansel Adams, as he gave the keynote for the opening of Ansel Adams: Before & After. Many of the attendees had the opportunity to hear from contemporary photographers Cara Weston and Bob Kolbrener, who are both highlighted in the exhibition.

Workshop & Evening Lecture with Julieanne Kost  SOLD OUT!
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Julieanne KostJulieanne Kost, Principle Digital Imaging Evangelist with Adobe, led a one-day workshop on training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Following the workshop, Kost shared how her passion for photography turned into a career.

Symposium with Scholars & Photographers in the Exhibition  SOLD OUT!
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 Booth Museum Members and guests enjoyed a series of lectures featuring contemporary master photographers featured in the Ansel Adams: Before & After exhibition. The Symposium began at 10:00 am with The People Behind The Pictures featuring Bob Yellowlees, moderator & Meg Partridge, photography scholar & filmmaker. The 11:00 am discussion was Archiving Americana a Face at a Time with Seth Hopkins, moderator, photographers Jay Dusard & Tim Barnwell. At 1:30 pm Seth Hopkins, moderator, with photographers Bob Kolbrener, Peter Essick & Robert Glenn Ketchum talked about Landscape Photography and Public Policy. The final panel discussion featured Bob Yellowlees, moderator, photographers Rex Naden, & John Mariana talking about Photography in the 21st Century.

Spot Lit Trees II, Yosemite, CA, 1999© Robert Weingarten, Spot Lit Trees II, Yosemite, CA, 1999. Image courtesy of Lumière.

Vision of Clarity, 2013© Rex Naden, Vision of Clarity, 2013. Image courtesy of Lumière.

Aspens, San Miguel River, San Juan Rockies, Colorado, 1974© Philip Hyde, Aspens, San Miguel River, Rocky Mountains, CO, 1974. Image courtesy of Lumière.


In 2010, Booth Western Art Museum hosted Ansel Adams: A Legacy. A milestone exhibition for the Booth in both attendance as well as establishing creative photography as an important aspect of the Museum’s ongoing programming, including the creation of the Booth Photography Guild. Ansel Adams: Before & After builds on that momentum.

Co-organized by Booth Western Art Museum and Lumière of AtlantaAnsel Adams: Before & After highlight’s Adams’ career, work, and contributions to the field in the larger context of creative photography of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 images, including a cross-section of over 25 original photographs by Adams, the works represent 24 photographers who influenced Adams, worked at the same time as peers, or are contemporary artists and professional image makers who have been influenced by his legacy. Among these original photographs are iconic or well-known images that comprise some of the most famous or critically acclaimed art photographs ever created.

The exhibition is organized in a chronological sequence with a sample of representative works by each featured photographer. Photographers who were important influences on Adams’ early career comprise the initial part of the exhibition, including works by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand.  New York-based art photographers of the early 1900s were instrumental in promoting photography as a Modern art form. It was Strand’s work that motivated Adams to choose photography as a career over performing as a concert pianist. Important images by Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Dorothea Lange represent other California photographers who were Adams’ peers.  This group helped establish the Monterey region as a center for Modern photography.

Other photographers based in the West who were Adams’ peers are represented in the highly abstracted images of Brett Weston, a son of Edward Weston, and Pirkle Jones. Less celebrated but equally impressive are aerial photographs by Bradford Washburn, Al Weber, Julieanne Kost and others. Also included are a few fine images by an amateur photographer who became a prominent politician, Barry M. Goldwater. Amidst these works is a selection of photographs by Ansel Adams from his Museum Set. This portfolio of works, which Adams considered to be of museum caliber, was given by Adams to his descendants, including granddaughter Virginia Adams Mayhew, a noted jazz musician, who has generously lent these works to this exhibition.

The second half of Ansel Adams: Before & After is comprised of works by contemporary photographers, many of whom have been strongly influenced by Adams in some way. Bob Kolbrener worked under Ansel Adams at his Yosemite workshops, while Cole Weston another son of Edward Weston, and Brett’s daughter Cara knew Adams as they were emerging photographers.

Some significant contemporary photographers who were influenced by Adams have not followed his preference for black and white photography, but instead have worked primarily with color film and/or digital imaging. Much like Adams these photographers have produced work with artistic integrity, but have also been leaders in supporting environmental conservation and pressing technological innovation.

This exhibition centers on the most recognized name in photography. It is really about Ansel Adams’ role in photography’s evolution, the influence of his predecessors, the collaboration and synergy with his peers, the work of those who followed them, and the platform that they have all built for creative photography’s trajectory into the 21st century.

The digital imagination of Robert Weingarten, Julieanne Kost and Rex Naden give us a peek into the direction and possibilities of this most democratic of art forms. And with the number of practitioners growing exponentially, the increasing capabilities of cameras and software, and the capacity to instantly share feedback, many more people will be drawn to photography. However, it will be those who best use whatever tools may be available to convey and elicit emotion that will be the true artists worthy of mention in the context of Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams: Before & After is sponsored in part by:

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The Kieffer Family