Ansel Adams

How many times have you appeared on camera today? How about this week? Cameras are so woven into daily American life that it’s difficult to imagine a time when people didn’t constantly carry numerous image-capturing devices in their pockets, or walk past countless security cameras.  

Images from a camera – a mere mechanical box -- certainly weren’t considered art in the early days of photography.  That changed dramatically when a handful of photographers met in Oakland in the fall of 1932. They called themselves Group f.64.

Ansel Adams is best known for his iconic photos of Yosemite National Park, and other areas of the West. But even this fabled photographer had to do commercial work to make ends meet. One such project took place in 1967 – documenting the UC-Berkeley campus. Original prints from this commission, titled “Fiat Lux,” are on view at Cal’s Bancroft Library, ending March 8, 2013.