Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Dr Anne Hammond

Past Research

Honorary Research Fellowship, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center

Project details:
In 2001, Anne held an honorary research fellowship at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center to pursue research into the points of contact between the work of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the photographer Ansel Adams, in view of the close relationship they both had with the photographic artist Alfred Stieglitz (O’Keeffe’s husband and Adams’s mentor) and their shared interest in the spiritual in art. The research resulted in an invitation to guest-curate an exhibition of the two artists’ work.

Visiting Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution

Project details:
This research fellowship in 2002 made it possible for Anne to study the massive Osborne Collection in the National Museum of American History, with its many thousands of examples of nineteenth-century processes of photomechanical reproduction. It culminated in a talk given to the staff of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division on a rare 1938 publication by Ansel Adams, Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. The research laid the groundwork for an exhibition proposal on the reproduction of the continuous-tone photograph in the work of Ansel Adams, now accepted by the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, for an exhibition in 2010.

Ansel Adams: Divine Performance

Project details:
This book by Anne Hammond, the first scholarly work on Adams to discuss his photographic career in its full art historical context, was published by Yale University Press in May 2002. Chapters include discussions of the spiritual background to Adams’s early career; his life as a mountaineer in the Sierra Nevada; the ‘f/64 Group’ founded by Adams and Edward Weston and its objectivist aesthetic; his friendships with the artists of the Stieglitz circle in New York and later with photographer and mystic Minor White; the tradition of topographical landscape photography in Carlton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge from which much of Adams’s work departs; Adams’s role in the evolution of the Sierra Club; and his conservationist book This Is the American Earth (1959), drawing upon the process philosophy of A. N. Whitehead.

Ansel Adams in Hawaii

Project details:
An exhibition of the photographs made by Adams in the Hawaiian Islands, this show guest-curated by Anne Hammond for the Honolulu Academy of Arts (July-August 2002) demonstrated the consistency of Adams’s use of natural motifs even transposed to a tropical setting. The photographs were made on three trips to Hawaii, in the nineteen-forties and ‘fifties, most of which were published in The Islands of Hawaii (1959) and An Introduction to Hawaii (1964). A brochure with text by Anne Hammond was published to accompany the exhibition.

Ansel Adams at Manzanar

Project details:
An exhibition in Honolulu (and Los Angeles) which shows photographs made by Adams of Japanese American internees at Manzanar Relocation camp during WWII, in the context of Adams’s ethical-social beliefs and his friendships with photographers Dorothea Lange and Paul Strand. A small catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Anne Hammond. Anne’s longer academic article on the subject will also be published in the international journal History of Photography (vol.30, no.3) in the fall of 2006.