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Getty debuts new Ansel Adams exhibit

Mt. Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California

Ansel Adams - The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles /© 2014 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Mt. Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California; Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984; California, United States, North America; negative 1944; print 1981; Gelatin silver; Image: 39 x 46.4 cm (15 3/8 x 18 1/4 in.), Mount: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.); 2011.83.3

[Dogwood Blossoms, Yosemite National Park]

Ansel Adams - The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

[Dogwood Blossoms, Yosemite National Park]; Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984; Yosemite, California, United States, North America; negative about 1938; print 1941; Gelatin silver; Image: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.), Mount: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.); 85.XM.248.7


Not long before he died, famed photographer Ansel Adams set aside 70 negatives - negatives he believed were his greatest works of art.

Until now, that collection has only been viewed by private collectors

But starting today, some of those photographs will be on display at the Getty's new exhibit titled "In Focus: Ansel Adams."

The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Adams' talents not just with the camera but also in the darkroom.

For more we're joined by Karen Hellman, assistant curator in the department of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.


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