Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man is an innovative app providing an insightful look at the man behind some of the most beloved photographs made in the twentieth century, including Moonrise, Hernandez, Clearing Winter Storm, and Moon and Half Dome. A must have for any Ansel fan, the app brings you closer to the photographer than ever before, with exclusive content, narration by leading Adams expert Andrea Stillman, and interactive features exploring Ansel's process and vision. Created in close collaboration with The Ansel Adams Trust and Ansel's expert colleagues, the App will enable you to see the American wilderness through "Anselian" eyes.

The app includes:

• Stunning Retina quality photographs and artifacts

• Slideshow of iconic images by Adams, with exclusive audio commentary by author Andrea Stillman.

• Supporting stories and images that give insight to the man and his legendary photographs

• Side-by-side print comparisons demonstrating Ansel's evolving vision in the darkroom

• Letters and postcards between Adams and colleagues in the art world, including Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, and Garry Trudeau.

• Interactive location map providing geographic context for the 20 iconic images (available with In-App Purchase)

• Facebook, Twitter, and email support for sharing with friends

An interactive companion to the book "Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man" by Andrea Stillman, the app both complements the book and stands on its own as a rich compendium exploring Ansel's life and work.

Free to download, the app includes material augmenting three of the book's chapters; complete the app by purchasing the additional seventeen chapters' material from within the app itself.

Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is the most honored American photographer. Through the exhibition and publication of his work, his writing, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve the America wilderness.

About Andrea Stillman
Andrea Stillman is the leading expert on Ansel Adams and worked closely with Adams for seven years in the 1970s as his executive assistant, after being on staff at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has edited a number Ansel Adams books, including Ansel Adams Letters and Images 1916-1984, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs and Ansel Adams in Color.

About MX
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Ratings and Reviews


Older Techmom

I purchased the in App complete set and it will not load. I have tried deleting the app and reloading and trying the restore. No luck. Sad face:(



The free app is just a sample of the complete contents. I paid $2.99 via the in-app purchase but it will not download.

Excellent app, promising new developer


This is a great example of the potential of interactive content, rich good content displayed within a beautifully designed, intriguing interface. Would have loved more of the print comparisons over time, interesting how Adams deepened his contrast over the years.

An app which made me want to buy the book, in fact a good argument for apps augmenting existing points of excellence with traditional media (such as photography books) rather than replacing them.

BTW The 100 photos are in the location section ordered by chapter, load and swipe through, one reviewer didn't spot this.


Joe Rice
100 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
In-App Purchases
  1. Complete App Upgrade $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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