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Ansel Adams : America's photographer ; a biography for young people
Gherman, Beverly.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Company, [2002]

Physical Description:
110 pages : illustrations (photographs) ; 27 cm
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TR140.A3 G54 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The renowned--and revered--photographer would have been 100 years old in 2002. To celebrate the life of Ansel Adams, this biography takes young readers through his rich life: from the earthquake that broke his nose to the valley that shaped his world, revealing the humorous, artistic, and thoughtful personality behind his legendary work.

Author Notes

Beverly Gherman has previously written children's biographies of Georgia O'Keeffe, Agnes de Mille, Sandra Day O'Connor, E.B. White, Wilhelm Rontgen, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Norman Rockwell.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. This beautiful book certainly has an advantage. It is illustrated by the works of Adams, the photographer who was able to capture the magnificence of nature on film. And the text keeps up with the pictures. Gherman provides a clear and insightful look into Adams' life, beginning with his childhood in San Francisco, following him as he becomes enamored with both photography and the piano, and detailing the long-range effects that growing up amid natural beauty had on him. Adams' life seems to have been free of any real crises, yet the narrative is never boring or dry. Readers being introduced to Adams' work for the first time will be awed by the photographs, and Adams' fans will appreciate both the numerous offerings and the book's handsome design. The volume's thick paper stock, an easy-to-read typeface, and high-quality reproduction make a fitting setting for Adams' works. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Prologue: Visualizationp. xi
Chapter 1 Broken Nose, High Spiritp. 1
Chapter 2 Too Active for Schoolp. 9
Chapter 3 "If, If, If!"p. 17
Chapter 4 In and Out of the Darkroomp. 27
Chapter 5 "Sierra Sky and Stone"p. 35
Chapter 6 Marriage in the Mountainsp. 41
Chapter 7 To Play or Not to Playp. 47
Chapter 8 First Trip Eastp. 57
Chapter 9 Sun and Moonp. 65
Chapter 10 Soldier at Homep. 71
Chapter 11 Giving Backp. 77
Chapter 12 "A Green Flash"p. 87
Afterword: Ansel Adams and the Development of Photographyp. 97
Notesp. 99
Sourcesp. 105
Acknowledgmentsp. 106
Indexp. 108