WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The vivid landscapes portrayed in Ansel Adams photographs have long captured the imagination of photographers, travelers and people who appreciate fine art.
Now some of Adams best work is on display at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
The exhibit, which opens to the public on March 11, is called Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light. It consists of 37 photos and three of Adams’ books. Books described as the blueprint to what he did by a longtime television videographer named Mike Burke.
Burke was in Winston-Salem shooting a segment for UNC-TV about the exhibit. He remembers spending time with Adams 40 years ago at a three-day workshop as a young photographer.
“He spent time with us looking at our prints. We were incredibly bad but he was very encouraging,” Burke told FOX8. “I was not making any money, my prints were not good. I was wondering if I was spinning my wheels or not. It was his encouragement basically.”
Burke says Adams just wanted to pass on what he knew to other people. He didn’t hide his techniques.
The exhibit curator, Allison Slaby, agrees.
“He was an absolute master technician. He knew how to work his equipment when shooting his photographs but then he also knew how to manipulate them in the darkroom to achieve the look that he wanted,” Slaby said.
Adams’ devotion to teaching photography aside, he was an advocate for the American landscape, working to convince Americans to conserve these incredibly wild and iconic landscapes.
But at heart, he was a photographer, with that platform on his car so he could make photographs at the perfect angle.
Mike Burke puts it rather simply. “I just remember him being an incredibly nice man. He’d sit there and talk to you like we’re talking.”