“Lessons from Ansel Adams in the Digital Age” on January 10, 2017

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a professional development seminar for artists and other creative people on Tuesday, January 10, from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Join us as we welcome Steve Zigler!

Ansel Adams. We have all heard of him. We all know his work. Not only was he an icon of 20th century photography, but he was an accomplished pianist, prolific author, active educator, and an influential conservationist. Ansel was a dedicated proponent of both creative expression and technical ability in photography. For him, a successful photograph was the product of creativity and craft, of art and science. Ansel was a futurist. “I eagerly await new concepts and processes,” he once said. He valued the evolution of photography from an artistic perspective. In the digital world of 2016, it is easy to think of Ansel as “that was then, this is now.” But I think that is a mistake. I believe numerous lessons may be found in Ansel’s life and work. During my presentation, I will share what I have learned about Ansel and how his philosophies have informed my own photography, especially in terms of personal creative expression and technical craft. I hope to convey some appreciation of the 20th century giant known as Ansel Adams and encourage you to explore his work as a way to advance your own!

The presentation is $5 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance and $8 for non-members. Secure your spot at the workshop by making a payment via PayPal below or by e-mailing sc@knoxalliance.com.

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I grew up in the Midwest and I have lived in Knoxville for more than 20 years. This is my home. I got my first camera as a gift from my uncle when I was a kid. It changed me forever. I still have that camera. As a Ph.D. chemist, I thrive on the combination of art and science that creates a photographic image. I travel extensively, especially focusing on the amazing landscapes in east Tennessee, the western US, and even some remote locations in other areas of the world. Although I love all genres of photography, my personal pursuits include landscape, nature, infrared, and night photography. Of course I thrive on learning about photography and creating new images, but I also love to share my experiences and my photographic learnings with others. I am just starting to do this through teaching and workshops. It is rewarding to help others avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls I have encountered (and still deal with on a regular basis!). www.stevezigler.com


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