Photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984), began his long career at age 12 in Yosemite National Park with a Kodak cardboard box Brownie Camera. A nervous, sickly misfit who dropped out of school in the eighth grade, Adams found his life’s calling, and his salvation, in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. He devoted the rest of his days to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and through his leadership in the Sierra Club. Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the last book of his career, Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979). Hidy continued to be the main designer of Adams books after his death in 1984.
Informed by his first-hand experience with Adams and his circle, Hidy brings a personal perspective to the Ansel Adams story. Ansel visited Yosemite Valley during 67 consecutive years; in his lifetime he shot over 40,000 photographs; he produced several dozen books that have sold over a million copies—including advanced technical manuals for photographers; he taught many workshops; he cofounded the first museum department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art; and, for nearly 40 years he was a leader in the Sierra Club. The lecture is enlivened by quotes from Adams’ autobiography, and by dozens of his finest photographs.
Lance Hidy studied art and design at Yale University. He was co-founder and art director of David R. Godine, Publisher before starting his own design firm, specializing in the design of posters and photography books. Ansel Adams and Arnold Newman are among the photographers he worked with. Hidy was a typographic consultant to Adobe Systems, for whom he designed the typeface Penumbra, a family of sixteen fonts. He was the art director of Harvard Business Review, has designed three U. S. postage stamps, and specializes in corporate identity and logo design. In addition to running his design, illustration, and photography studio, Hidy’s writing on design history has been widely published. For 18 years he served as a professor of photography and design at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he continues to work part-time as an accessibility specialist.
About North Shore Photography Lecture Series
North Shore Photography Lecture Series (NSPLS) is part of the Firehouse Center for the Arts' Newburyport Lyceum Speaker Series. NSPLS is co-produced by Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery.
Nearly everyone is a Photographer now, thanks to smart phones and digital technology—but few of us really understand the Art. Whether you are a novice or advanced, The North Shore Photography Lecture Series will open your eyes to the artistic world of photography. It will suggest new ways to look at photographs, and spark a new reverence for the little digital cameras in our lives.
The lecturers are professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to some aspect of photography—as pro shooters, educators, connoisseurs, and even a designer of photography books. They will guide you through the magic of the photographic medium—not so much about technical tips, but rather about how some photographers have raised the humble medium to an art, or have used it as an agent for social change. The lectures are also designed to engage the general public in exploring the art of photography, and to inspire up and coming photographers to pursue their dreams by listening to the words of and seeing examples of passionate, working pros.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” (Aaron Siskind)