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Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby Scott McCrea » Feb 3, 2010 8:14 am

The US National Archives has posted a bunch of pics to Flickr. Here's a bunch of pics Ansel Adams took in Carlsbad Caverns.
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Re: Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby JR-Orion » Feb 4, 2010 11:48 am

Very nice!

I wonder what he thought about working underground?
Letting the days go by / water flowing underground
Into the blue again / in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones / there is water underground.
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Re: Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby Don Hunter » Feb 6, 2010 10:00 am

Anybody else notice that one of the Onyx Curtain photos (near the bottom of the thumbs) is displayed upside down? :doh: Looks much better in the proper orientation.
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Re: Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby Ralph E. Powers » Feb 8, 2010 6:48 pm

Adams was such a great photographer, it is indeed nice to see his work had extended to our beloved underground. Amazing work considering the cameras and lighting that was available at the time.
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Re: Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby Cheryl Jones » Feb 10, 2010 12:48 am

In 2007, the NSS granted $5,000.00 to the Cavern Arts Project, a project of the Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association, to assist in their efforts to preserve and exhibit the cave art collection at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which included Ansel Adam's prints of Carlsbad. The collection is now displayed at CCNP.

The NSS also supported publication of the related book "Visions Underground," which is available in the NSS Bookstore
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Re: Ansel Adams Carlsbad Caverns photos

Postby Loismanno » Feb 15, 2010 8:32 pm

I have seen several of Ansel's Carlsbad Caverns photos printed with incorrect orientations in more than one expensive "coffee-table" book. The reproductions of his photos that appear in "Visions Underground" Carlsbad Caverns through the Artist's Eye" are all right side up! However, they don't do justice to the originals. You'll have to go to the Caverns visitor center to see those. We have four originals out of the 25 prints on display at all times. They rotate annually for conservation purposes. See more about the exhibit at Thanks to the National Speleological Society for sponsoring both the book and the exhibit at the park!

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