By Mary Street Alinder
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805041163, 512pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 1996
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In his 1985 autobiography, Ansel Adams presented a life almost as neatly cropped and printed as his magnificent pictures. Here, Mary Street Alinder--who collaborated with Adams on his memoir and was his assistant in later life--is not reticent about the major emotional episodes in Adams's life, including his marriage and extramarital affairs, and his not-altogether-successful fatherhood. She explores the major artistic influences on his work and gives in-depth profiles of the significant figures in his circle. She also explains the technique and style Adams developed to obtain his unique vision, as well as his uneasiness at becoming a commodity. Ansel Adams: A Biography is an intimate and provocative portrait of the world's most famous photographer.
Mary Street Alinder worked for the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust for several years and co-authored Ansel Adams's autobiography, which was published in 1985. She lives in Gualala, California.