In the '40's, Ansel Adams took on the job to document Los Angeles for Fortune Magazine. In his own words, “none of the pictures were very good.” However, many oppose his thoughts. Do you feel as though these images reflect his viewpoints?
"Ansel Adams was famous for his signature series of landscapes, spindling trees, ominous clouds and cliffs, but he also had bills to pay. He had clients. He had assignments. In the ’40s, Fortune Magazine sent him to document Los Angeles’ aviation industry. He shot workers at a steel plant, but also dawdled around LA a bit, snapping oil rigs and boulevards and friends at bowling tournaments, friends at bars, friends staring off at the Santa Monica coastline. He ultimately decided that “none of the pictures were very good,” and donated the photos to the Los Angeles Public Library."
How do you feel about these images, do they come short of what you would expect of Ansel Adams? Or do you feel that his words were definitely not reflective of his results? As artists, we all tend to bring ourselves down from time to time or he may just be being modest.
We'd like to hear your thoughts.