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Ansel Adams's 1983 Playboy Interview Should Be Required Reading for Climate Change Deniers
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Ansel Adams’s 1983 Playboy Interview Should Be Required Reading for Climate Change Deniers

This article originally appeared in the May 1983 issue playboy magazine. The Citation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded him by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 probably says it best: At one with the power of the American landscape and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s movement, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans. As America’s photographer laureate, Ansel Adams has made contributions to a relatively young art form that are hard to measure. Since he took his first snapshot in Yosemite National Park with a Kodak Brownie box camera in 1916, he has worked with the rapidly changing medium, developing…

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