Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities. English.

An exhibition devoted to a comparative vision of the work of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the photographer Ansel Adams, two of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, opened in 2008. In this post I would like to recommend you the book that accompanied it.

I own the first edition, September 2008, with 176 pages bound in hardcover. The book includes more than 100 reproductions of paintings and photographs, accompanied by 3 extensive articles about the biographies of both authors, the art that influenced Ansel Adams and the relationships between themshelves and with other artists of their time, especially with Alfred Stieglitz.

It is perfectly known the influence that both artists have had on nature photography and its evolution throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and this book is another opportunity to enjoy and find inspiration in the work of both.

Is there really an affinity between two artist with very different personalities, who not only use different supports, but also differ in many artistic aspects, such as, for example, the use of color in their works?. Yes, of course; above these differences they are united by their indisputable genius and their love for nature, especially for the landscapes of the American West, and more specifically for New Mexico where they met several times throughout their lives.

My humble tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe: details of the flowers of 3 species of very common wild plants close to my home.

(I would like to dedicate this series of images to my friend Félix Gil de la Casa whose magnificent work on flowers and color has been inspirational for me.)

Merendera montana. 25mm, 1/13s, f/2.8, ISO 1250. 4X magnification.

Although it is anything but original, it is a nice tribute to Ansel Adams traveling to Yosemite National Park and photographing the valley from Tunnel Point. Once there, you can take classic grand landscape photos, search for a more personal vision, intimate landscapes, etc., it is up to you!

Thank you very much for spending your precious time in reading this post on my blog.

Javier Lafuente

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