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    Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    I had never seen any of these photographs before.
    http://www.retronaut.com/2013/08/lif...y-ansel-adams/
    I'm sure there are many more assignments like this.

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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Cool! Thanks for the link
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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    These were taken as part of an assignment from Fortune magazine but never used by the magazine. Adams apparently forgot about them and years later found them and donated them as well as other many other prints and negatives from the same assignment to a library.
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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    I believe that Ansel used Brett Weston as a model on this assignment. At the time Brett was working at a local aerospace plant.

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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Looks like he used his mountain climbing skills to take photos from a roof...

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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Looks like he used his hasselblad?

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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Most likely a Rolleiflex or similar... the Hasselblad was not introduced until 1948 or so. And, of course, they are more proof that even the great photographic artists had to earn a living; I hope Fortune paid his full rate.

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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Is there proof that Ansel Adams actually did this work? Exposure, focus, lighting, even composition all seem a little off for Ansel Adams. Of course, someone at the library could have printed them, but still. Or maybe these are the rejects that ended up at the library somehow??
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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Quote Originally Posted by David Vickery View Post
    Is there proof that Ansel Adams actually did this work? Exposure, focus, lighting, even composition all seem a little off for Ansel Adams. Of course, someone at the library could have printed them, but still. Or maybe these are the rejects that ended up at the library somehow??
    Or somebody's uncle?
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    Re: Life at Olympic trailer park by Ansel Adams

    Brings back memories. The second photo looks like a Shulte that we had in the early forties. My father was an auditor. He audited co-ops in many small towns. I was just a toddler at the time. In order to have the family with him he bought a 36-foot Shulte, which according to my mother it was the largest trailer on the road for that time.
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