Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea

Striking photos of water in all its forms, from cascading waterfalls and gushing rapids to mirror-like pools and ethereal landscapes of ice and snow.

Ansel Adams, Waterfall, Northern Cascades, Washington, 1960 © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams, Waterfall, Northern Cascades, Washington, 1960

California-born Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is one of the most celebrated practitioners of 20th-century landscape photography. His black-and-white images of the American West and Southwest, in particular Yosemite Valley, transformed national parkland into a vertiginous and romantic wilderness.

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This exhibition of more than 100 original prints focuses on Adams’ lifelong interest in photographing all forms of water and includes some of his most famous works, such as Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California (c. 1937), alongside lesser-known images.

Venue details

National Maritime Museum Romney Road, Greenwich London SE10 9NF 020 8312 6608

Entry details

£3.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

Open daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

What the critics say


The clarity of his photographs is astonishing; we could count the droplets of water as they rise and fall and bounce