The name Ansel Adams conjures up a lot of images in the American mind. Iconic photographs of Yosemite Park are at the forefront when most of us discuss Adams, the preeminent landscape and nature photographer of the American West. His legendary photographs of nature, birds and landscapes are perhaps some of the most widely distributed photographs in the United States.
While I’m not actually about to write about an Ansel Adams exhibit in the Design District, I’m writing about the next best thing, Sun to Moon Gallery’s “Alan Ross: Forty Years in the American West,” opening today.
From 1974 to 1979 Ross served as Adams’ photographic assistant, producing his prints, assisting with his books, teaching, and, above all, honing his own photographic style and technique.
Ross is considered to be one of the greatest living black-and-white photographers, specializing, like Adams, in photographs of the American West that capture iconic images such as the soaring heights of the Teton Mountains and Golden Gate Bridge as well as peaceful landscape shots of some of the West’s most serene areas.
Adams’ pictures have always left me feeling small but important at the same time as I’m struck by the grandeur of an America most of us take for granted, highlighted by his stylistic technique which owes much to his choice to print in black and white. Ross’ gelatin-silver prints elicit the same response.
In the exhibit opening at Sun to Moon Gallery on January 10, the gallery will show some of Ross’ classic images as well as several prints that will be on display for the first time anywhere.
Ross currently lives in Santa Fe where he teaches, in addition to creating his own work. As he always has, Ross continues to use 4×5 and 8×10 view cameras and he still makes his exquisite fine gelatin-silver prints in a traditional wet darkroom.
Ross will be at Sun to Moon Gallery on Saturday, January 12 for an artist’s reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., which is free and open to the public.
Whether you’re a fan of Adams but this will be your first introduction to one of his protégés or you’ve followed Ross’ work for a while (this will be his 2nd show in North Texas), you’ll be rewarded for taking the time to view some of these landmark images in person.
“Alan Ross: Forty Years in the American West” will be on display at Sun to Moon Gallery through February 16.
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