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Oral history interview with Robert Adams, 2010 July 20

Interviewee:
Adams, Robert Hickman, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Jurovics, Toby, 1965-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Baltz, Lewis  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Gowin, Emmet  Search this
Hoffman, Michael  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
O'Sullivan, Timothy H.  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Wood, Myron  Search this
Denver Art Museum  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Search this
MacArthur Fellows Program  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Global environmental change  Search this
Landscape photography  Search this
Photographers -- Oregon -- Interviews  Search this
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Poliomyelitis -- Patients -- Rehabilitation  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15886
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)295750
AAA_collcode_adams10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_295750
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Oral history interview with Robert Adams

Interviewee:
Adams, Robert, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Jurovics, Toby, 1965-  Search this
Names:
Denver Art Museum  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellows in Photography  Search this
MacArthur Fellows Program  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Gowin, Emmet, 1941-  Search this
Hoffman, Michael  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
O'Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Wood, Myron  Search this
Extent:
43 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 July 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Adams conducted 2010 July 20, by Toby Jurovics, for the Archives of American Art, at Adams' home, in Astoria, Oregon.
Robert Adams speaks of compensating his early struggles with polio with activity outdoors; his close relationship with his father through outdoor expeditions; visiting the Denver Art Museum as a teenager; years of study and experimentation with photography on his own and under the direction of Myron Wood; the financial struggle of transitioning from an English professor to a full-time photographer; the outcome of his work under the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships; his first sale of photographs to the Museum of Modern Art; the role of spirituality and morality in art; environmental and societal concerns such as deforestation, climate change, and overpopulation that inform much of his work; the foreboding change in landscape he has observed in the American West since the 1970s; his concern that future generations of landscape photographers may not share the same connection with the land as he has experienced; the need to change society's domineering view of the wilderness; the working relationship he shares with his wife, Kerstin; the process of publishing his photographs and the importance of quality materials and printing in these publications; the sequence of the books he has published as a reflection of his life experiences. Adams also recalls Michael Hoffman, John Szarkowski, Myron Wood, Lewis Baltz, Leo Castelli, Beaumont Newhall, Emmet Gowin, Ansel Adams, Timothy O'Sullivan, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Adams (1937- ) is a photographer in Astoria, Oregon. Toby Jurovics (1965- ) is curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 57 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Audio: ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Archives Reference Services for information.
Use of the audio of this interview, with permission, requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives of American Art reading rooms.
Topic:
Global environmental change  Search this
Landscape photography  Search this
Photographers -- Oregon -- Interviews  Search this
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Poliomyelitis -- Patients -- Rehabilitation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.adams10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adams10

MacArthur Fellows Program

Collection Creator:
Silverman, Sydel  Search this
Container:
Box 58
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1990-1993
Scope and Contents:
Recommendations of candidates for the MacArthur Fellowship
Restrictions:
Restricted until 2050
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Sydel Silverman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Sydel Silverman papers
Sydel Silverman papers / Series 4: Wenner-Gren Foundation Files
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2011-11-ref580

[MacArthur Fellows Program Selection Committee Info 9/27/96]

Collection Creator:
Silverman, Sydel  Search this
Container:
Box 58
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1996
Scope and Contents:
Review of candidates for the MacArthur Fellowship
Restrictions:
Restricted until 2056
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Sydel Silverman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Sydel Silverman papers
Sydel Silverman papers / Series 4: Wenner-Gren Foundation Files
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2011-11-ref590

[MacArthur Fellows Program]

Collection Creator:
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Container:
Box 56
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991
Collection Restrictions:
Files containing Sturtevant's students' grades have been restricted, as have his students' and colleagues' grant and fellowships applications. Restricted files were separated and placed at the end of their respective series in boxes 87, 264, 322, 389-394, 435-436, 448, 468, and 483. For preservation reasons, his computer files are also restricted. Seminole sound recordings are restricted. Access to the William C. Sturtevant Papers requires an apointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
William C. Sturtevant papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
William C. Sturtevant papers
William C. Sturtevant papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2008-24-ref2137

MacArthur fellows : the first 25 years, 1981-2005

Author:
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Search this
Subject:
MacArthur Fellows Program  Search this
Physical description:
410 p. : ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Dictionaries
Date:
2005
Topic:
Creative thinking--Awards  Search this
Call number:
AS36.C34 A6 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807655

The MacArthur Fellows Program : the first five years / The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Author:
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Search this
Subject:
MacArthur Fellows Program  Search this
Physical description:
219 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Call number:
HV97.M11 A5 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638986

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