Ansel Adams Murals -Department Of The Interior

29 03 2010

By Claire O’Neill/NPR.ORG

In 1941, Ansel Adams was commissioned for a special project. Harold Ickes, secretary of the interior at the time (i.e., the federal department responsible for the management of federal land), asked the photographer to produce large-format murals of areas controlled by the department.

Please go to  for my favorites from this collection

Photo show at DOI site:

The project was cut short with the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Adams’ 200-plus photographs were shelved and forgotten. Now, almost 70 years later, the Department of the Interior has resurrected these murals in a 26-print exhibition in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, you’ll have to make a reservation to see these big prints of the American West in person. But fortunately you can take a peek here! See more on the DOI Web site.




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