Ansel Adams, Gerry Sharpe, San Francisco, 1960
This discussion about what doesn’t seem relevant about an old master, what rings false, leads to one conclusion: you are looking at the wrong examples of Ansel Adams. This mistake can be made with other art forms, but especially photography, where it’s impossible to see all of the work by prolific photographers (Adams took nearly 40,000 photographs). There are very few catalogue raisonné-like publications (more on this). Unfortunately, print publishers have cemented clichés about Adams, every book is Yosemite-heavy.
Ignore Ansel Adam’s entire output of work that involves natural landscape, and you’d still have a large body of work, with many great photographs. A No-Nature-Ansel Tumblr blog would be a must-follow.