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How Ansel Adams Came to Be the Photographer We Know

Spring 2021
In Session
1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
January 26 February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 2021





One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Ansel Adams is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. This course focuses on his early career and largely unknown early work. It will demonstrate how these early photographs are crucial to understanding his artistic development and offer new insights into many aspects of the artist’s mature body of work. Beginning with an album from his childhood and ending with his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s, the course highlights the artist’s persistence in forging a career path and his remarkable ability to learn from experience as he sharpened his image-making skills, including the significance of the artist’s environmentalism and involvement with the Sierra Club. We will find newly revealed aspects of Adams’s career and explore his role in cofounding the Center for Creative Photography.

Registration will open online on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

  • Classes will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Course will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
  • Enrolled students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund if the request is received before the second class session.

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Meet Your Professor

Chief Curator
Center for Creative Photography

Rebecca Senf is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Her B.A. in Art History is from the University of Arizona; her M.A. and Ph.D. were awarded by Boston University. In 2012, her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press; in 2017, her book To Be Thirteen, showcasing the work of Betsy Schneider, was published by Radius Press and Phoenix Art Museum. Senf is an Ansel Adams scholar, with a book forthcoming on Ansel Adams’s early years, called Making a Photographer, copublished by the CCP and Yale University Press, due in early 2020.


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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