Collection Spotlight- August 2013
“Is a rainbow still a rainbow if it’s in black and white? Or put another way, can photographs of people, manmade structures and urban settings really be by Ansel Adams?” The answer is yes according to Jeanne Cooper of the San Franscisco Gate, a question she asked while writing about the silver gelatin print Buddhist Grave Markers and Rainbow, Paia, Maui, Hawaii – which as well as being one of the tremendous pieces in the Salisbury University Colletions, will also be one of 56 Adams’ photographs on view in “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai’i Pictures” at the Honolulu Museum of Art July 18-Jan. 12. 2014.
Buddhist Grave Markers and Rainbow, Paia, Maui, Hawaii , is a photograph that was taken by Ansel Adams in 1956 when the Bishop National Bank of Hawaii hired him with the expectation that he would cast a wide eye on the Territory of Hawaii. This photograph is very unique to Adams’ work because rather then the awe inspired landscapes many viewers have come to recognize as Adams style, we are shown a very different form of landscape: a man made landscape built by a nearby Buddhist temple members from grave stones scattered after a tsunami.
This month we will feature Buddhist Grave Markers and Rainbow, Paia, Maui, Hawaii in the University Gallery during the exhibition This Land . This Land runs now through September 20 in Fulton Hall 109. Please come view this extraordinary example of the world renowned photographer Ansel Easton Adams.