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Page 8- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 8, 1987

Alinder speaks on
Adams' work

By Wendy Kaplan
The map is not the territory.
This wise, if not obvious,
notion permeates several fields of
study- philosophy and linguistics,
to name two. As S. I. Hayakawa, a
linguist and former U.S. Senator,
pointed out, a map is only a
representation of a particular
territory. Likewise, a word is an
arbitrary symbol for an object or an
The same notion can also be
applied to art. A photograph, for
example, is not so different from a
map or a word in this respect. It
represents a captured emotion. It is
not reality.
So asserted Ansel Adams, the
famous photographer who is best
remembered for his environmental
and landscape photography.
Adams's work will be put on
display and discussed Wednesday
night by Mary Street Alinder,
Adams's chief assistant from1979
until his death in 1982. The lecture,
entitled "Ansel Adams: The
Development Of His Vision," is
sponsored by the University of
Michigan Museum of Art.
Alinder, a writer from California
and a University alumnus, began
lecturing on Adams's work in 1982
after his death. Adams and Alinder
published over forty books
together. Adams contributed the
visual content and Alinder provided
the edit. In addition, she collabor-
ated on Adams's autobiography,
which spent seven weeks on The
New York Times bestseller list, and
is currently compiling a collection
of letters written by the famous
For this lecture series, Alinder
examined thousands of negatives
and put together an historical look
at Adams's work, beginning with

his childhood. What the writer
wants to reveal is "the breadth of
Ansel's work." She says Adams is
known primarily for his
photographs of mountains in the
western United States. Yet, his
"vision" has been widely neglected:
"I want to trace his vision all die
way through," she said intently.
"There is so much creativity, hard
work, expression, and visualization
in his photographs."
Ansel Adams worked -as a com -
mercial photographer from 1930
until 1971. During that period, he.
also immersed himself in teaching,
lobbying for environmental causes,
and using his photography to
demonstrate social injustice. Adams
exposed the Unites States's version.
of the concentration camp in his:
book, "Born Equal And Free." The.
photography depicted the way in'
which Japanese-Americans were
treated during World War II in this
country. The book was Adams's
way of protesting that which he felt
should be remedied.
In addition, Adams spent much
of his time lobbying for environ-
mental causes. He was the first
environmentalist with whom
President Reagan agreed to speak.
"He wasn't just a talker. He tried to
do something," said Alinder.
The lecture includes slides made
from original prints and recordings
of Adams as classical musician,
which is a rarity in itself. Said
Alinder, whose tone of voice
shows complete admiration for the
artist, "Ansel fought for the
recognition of photography. He
continued to give until a couple of
days before his death." She added
quickly, "This lecture is very much
The lecture will meet on
Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in
Angell Hall Auditorium A. It's

Ansel Adams' "Silverton," 1957, is among the works Mary Street Alinder will discuss tonight at 8 p.m. at Angell Hall, Auditorium A.


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