The Ansel Adams Mural Project

March 26, 2024

About two years ago on April 22, 2022, I made a post about my love for Ansel Adams called "RIP Mr. Adams." I was in Washington DC with my family this past December and finally got to visit the Department of Interior Building, where one of Adams' biggest projects is housed. Visting the Department of Interior was also on the bucket list for my son Nolan who works for the Department of Interior and the National Park Service as a park ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.

In 1941, then-secretary Harold Ickes commissioned Adams to produce a series of murals of the American Southwest to hang in the department's new building. Although, oddly enough, becaue of World War II they cancelled the project and didn't install them, even though Adams had made over 200 photographs for it, including my favorite "Moonrise Over Hernadez, New Mexico." The murals were finally installed in 2009, and it was stunning to finally see these life sized images in person. 

As I said in my 2022 post, I have been influenced by so many photographers during my career. And I feel like I've taken or borrowed a little bit here and a little bit there from each of them, but no other photographer has ever had an impact on me as much as Ansel Adams has.

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