Who is the equivalent to Anselm Adams today?
May 26, 2008 2:06 PM   Subscribe

Which living landscape photographer's work can be compared to Anselm Adams' stunning photography? Perhaps Edward Burtynsky (or Andreas Gursky - although he manipulates his images)... ?
posted by jp021272 to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Don't have a definitive answer for you, but...didn't Adams also manipulate his images? I guess it depends on what you would call manipulating.
posted by P.o.B. at 2:23 PM on May 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

I've never heard of Anselm Adams - I'm not really into landscape photography (although I can appreciate it!) but my ex-boyfriend is into it and his favorite photographer is Colin Prior, who works mainly in Scotland I believe. My ex is also much better than he gives himself credit for - his website is here.

May not be what you're looking for but thought I'd throw in my two-cents.
posted by Happycat79 at 2:26 PM on May 26, 2008

I really like Sam Javanrouh. But truthfully I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a photographer that doesn't manipulate their work in some way.

It's "Ansel", by the way,
posted by loiseau at 2:34 PM on May 26, 2008

There are a lot of people working in the style of Adams, if that's what you mean. People like Bruce Barnbaum, or Ronald Wohlauer. But if you are looking for great landscape that has moved on from Adams, perhaps look at Toshio Shibata, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Schwarm, Richard Misrach, Michael Kenna. That's a start.
posted by johngumbo at 2:43 PM on May 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

I would go with Clyde Butcher but Mr. Adams shoes are really really large to fill....and IMO there is no equal. Shucks! the man INVENTED the Zone system in the 40's!
posted by HappyHippo at 2:44 PM on May 26, 2008

I think Scott Peterman creates stunning, very textural landscape photography (disclaimer - he has been a great friend for over 20 years).
posted by suki at 2:46 PM on May 26, 2008

Sally Gall
Craig McMaster
posted by Lanark at 2:57 PM on May 26, 2008

It's well known that Ansel Adams spent a lot of time in the darkroom retouching highlights and shadows. Nothing wrong with that.
There are so many great landscape photographers. To find an equivilent to Adams, how about one of his students? John Sexton.
posted by artdrectr at 3:01 PM on May 26, 2008

Response by poster: Thank you for the suggestions!

Of course I am aware that almost all photography relies on manipulation. My reference to Gursky was to highlight my interest in a more documentary style of photography à la Adams.
posted by jp021272 at 3:23 PM on May 26, 2008

I don't know about "documentary style" but if you're talking about landscapes and pristine images/prints, I think of Howard Bond. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to have much of a web presence.
posted by nnk at 3:26 PM on May 26, 2008

Some other important landscape photographers are:

* John Sexton
As has been mentioned, Sexton was a student of Adams' and is is very obvious in his work.

* The Muench Brothers

* Galen Rowell
Pioneered a new style of landscape photography wherein he was an active participant in the landscape. Also one of the first to use small cameras (as far as I know anyway) for really serious landscape photography.

* Art Wolfe
Really incredible photographer. His book, "Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky" is incredible.
posted by pwicks at 11:12 PM on May 26, 2008

Oh, duh -- I should have mentioned Freeman Patterson.
posted by loiseau at 4:41 AM on May 27, 2008

Seconding Galen Rowell
posted by rlef98 at 8:43 AM on May 27, 2008

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