Chuck Norwood:


A salute to ansel Adams and fred archer

may 1–june 29, 2019

Artist Reception and Talk:   Thursday, May 9, 6–8 pm


Chuck Norwood presents a series of photographs after the pivotal work of Ansel Adams and Fred Archer.

In 1932 Ansel Adams formed a group called f/64 with like-minded photographers who were striving to define photography as an art form. The name of the group represented the smallest aperture setting on the camera lens which allows for the greatest depth of field to achieve sharp, detailed images. The group believed in pure photography as defined by the use of photographic techniques only… “pure photograph is defined as possessing no qualities of technique, composition or idea, derivative of any other art form”.

Adams, along with portrait photographer Fred Archer, furthered the photographic process by developing the Zone System which allows the photographer to manage the tonal range at exposure, development and printing stages. This is a process used to this day. It was begun using sheet film and adapted for roll film and digital files. I too use this process which I learned while using roll film. The practice continues, for me, with digital files.

The Zone System, to me, did more to further photography as an art form than anything else in it’s history. The Zone System allows the photographer to visualize, in detail, the final print and the exact ‘tools’ to use to achieve that result. This system took photography from images one takes to images one makes.

The images in this exhibit are ‘pure’ photographs made with photographic camera, lens techniques and envisioned tonal management. They are definitely not meant to be a comparison, but are most definitely meant to pay tribute to Ansel Adams and other likeminded photographers.

Chuck Norwood, Photographer

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Artist reception is Thursday, May 9, 6–8 pm. Come meet the artists, discuss the art, and enjoy light refreshments and music from local jazz musicians.