Overwhelmed (almost)

Brian Sewell reviews the Ansel Adams exhibition at the National Maritime Museum:

I have no difficulty in agreeing that Adams is among the greatest of landscape photographers, that he is the master of all things most transient… I am, nevertheless, inclined to argue that, before Adams the boy had finished playing with his toy Box Brownie, the Antarctic explorer-photographers Hubert Ponting and Frank Hurley had far outdone him in their work for Scott and Shackleton. I will go further and opine that the all but forgotten Vittorio Sella (1859-1943), mountaineer photographer of the Alps, Alaska, Karakoram and the Caucasus, of whose work Adams was aware, preceded and exceeded his achievements.


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