Ansel Adams And the Art World Name Game


General Photography

Chances are that after reading this article you’ll either find yourself in the “Yeah, right!” camp or in the “Well, that’s just how it works” one: “To the extent that art is about appreciating aesthetic objects for their own sake, is it right to put so much stake in the question of who did the drawing or painting or snapping?” Of course, things are slightly more complicated than that. A lot of people who buy an Ansel Adams print don’t buy it for the photography. They buy it for the status that comes along with owning one (just like in the case of an expensive watch, say). Having an original Uncle Earl on the wall just won’t impress your dinner-party guests all that much (or worse, it will impress them in exactly the wrong way).