Adams and Eisenstadt

Last week the Toronto photoblogging community got a special sneak preview of a new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario featuring the work of Ansel Adams and Alfred Eisenstaedt.

The AGO owns a lot of Eisenstaedt prints, which document his work in both Germany and the USA in the 1930s and 40s. Though his style is somewhat clich├ęd now, I had to keep reminding myself that in his era, it was very new, and that the prints on display basically chronicled the development of photojournalism with miniature (35mm) cameras. The Adams prints were an even bigger treat; there were dozens of them, and all the biggies were there (the beach series, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, Aspens, and many others). It was great to see them “in the flesh” and get a close (but not too close) look.

The exhibit runs until February and is highly recommended.