Shawn Dogherty: First, when I said that Ansel was an academic I was in no way demeaning his work, simply that his theory was stronger than his creativity. There is nothing wrong with that; indeed, to be that way allows one to be considered (justifiably) an 'anchor' in this field: a safe harbor that allows us to compare and contrast others with because he is a 'standard' just like the New York Times is a newspaper of record.
Rafal Lukawiecki, rather than 'hijacking' this thread with your photo 'Canon X, Entrance', you have contributed. I like the black in the shadows and this is a good example of how the enhanced highlights and 'no information' blacks contribute, indeed synergize, into a feeling of, what I will call 'aesthetic anticipation'. We are DRAWN into the photo in order to 'discover'. I am a bit confused with people who you said are disturbed with that black, though.
And Michael R 1974: I do agree that Ansel's work is, as you say, 'free'. He is probably the best pictorialist ever, although many might match him. He is a 'safe' photographer, without the fluff. For example, to me at least, someone like Diane Arbus comes across as his polar opposite. To me, Ansel Adams and Yosuf Karsh are really the 'same' other than for their very different subject matter. I say this because both sought a sublimated, enhanced truth. - David Lyga
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