Discussion Questions: Ansel Adams’s, Surf Sequence

Ansel Adams, Surf Sequence, 1940; promised gift of Launny and Weezie Steffens; © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust; photo: Don Ross

  1. What is the effect of having many photographs of the same location?
  2. Where was the photographer standing to take this sequence of photographs? What is the effect of this point of view?
  3. What would it be like to be standing there? What would you hear? Smell? What would the environment feel like?
  4. Is what you see here beautiful? Why or why not? Do you think a photograph has to be beautiful to be art? Why or why not?

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