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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ansel Adams

Reprinted from my 1979 negative, March 7, 2014
Today is the birthday of Ansel Adams, born February 20, 1902. I'm sharing a photo I took of him, while he was on a book tour in Washington, DC in September 1979. I knew he would be there on that Sunday, so I brought along my camera and the current edition of Time magazine, with his picture on the cover, and a book of photos he had published years prior. I got the book and magazine signed, then waited patiently outside with his chauffeur for him to appear. Nobody was around, just me and the driver. When Mr. Adams came outside, I asked him if I could take his photo, he was delighted, and I was too. He passed away five years later.

The book I had with me was bought at an Yosemite Falls gift shop in May 1978, and I just now looked at it again. Ansel wrote the date (bless him) 9-9-79. Perfect documentation. The day was an overcast Sunday afternoon, a little after 4. I don't think I forgot a thing about that afternoon.



The first printed picture is shown below, you can see it's much smaller than the one I received the other day, first in this post. In addition, when I turned it over I saw it could be used as a post card! Guess that is what they did in 1979.





10 comments:

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

How cool it is that you too a photo of Ansel Adams! That's like painting Picasso, or playing music for Mozart. Wow!

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Great photo, and a great story to go with it!

Carol said...

OK, we just might have Adams envy.

Great stuff Barbara! As always.

Paula from SCGS said...

Meeting Ansel Adams, for me, would be like meeting or Abraham Lincoln. I would have been a blithering idiot. What a great photo, and a great keepsake, and great blog post. Thanks for sharing!

my Heritage Happens said...

You have had some amazing times in your life! This is super awesome!

John D. Tew said...

I love his work and went to a show of his photos here in DC years ago -- at the Library of Congress I think. We lived on Capitol Hill from July 1978 - February 1980. I have a coffee table book of his photos and probably look through it at least once a year.

Great post and a wonderful story!!

Yvette Porter Moore said...

That really is cool!

Becky Wiseman said...

Definitely green with envy here. His books are magnificent but I've been fortunate to attend several museum shows of his original works. Incredible images. But never met him. Probably a good thing cause, like Paula, I would have been a blithering idiot too.

Claudia Guay said...

Barb, you never cease to amaze me! Great story!! :)

Barbara Poole said...

Friends, thank you all for the lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece and that you appreciate Ansel's work. It is a highlight in my life. Paula and Becky, nerves melt away when you really want something. Important people are like us, they want their photos taken, and they can act normal. John, too bad you missed it, you could have walked there.