Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, in collaboration with The Ansel Adams Trust, has created an app that provides a multi-tiered introduction to the life and work of Ansel Adams — Ansel Adams for the iPad.
Available at the iTunes for $13.99, the app includes a slideshow of 40 Ansel Adams’ photographs, with optional audio narration, written commentary, or synchronized music; option to run the slideshow with any musical selection from your iTunes library; embedded video excerpts from documentary films about Adams, including the Ric Burns/Sierra Club Emmy Award-winning film for PBS. It also includes a rich selection of letters between Adams and leading figures in the world of art, photography and politics, including Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Weston, Garry Trudeau and Jimmy Carter; vintage postcards that Adams sent to his closest friends, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall.
A send-an-e-card feature allows you to create an e-postcard with one of Ansel’s images, enter a message and email to friends directly out of the app. The last three things that are not less important are facsimile reproduction of the Ansel Adams Playboy interview, a chronology of key moments in Adams’ life and career and a complete bibliography, also links to websites of interest to Ansel Adams fans.
The photographs were selected by Andrea G. Stillman who worked for Adams in the last decade of his life and has edited many books of his works. Stillman also provides the audio narration for the slideshow. photographyblog.com