“Ansel Adams, Environmentalist and Photographer”: A Slide Lecture by Lance Hidy

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Free and open to the public

Lance Hidy lecture on Ansel Adams

Photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984) devoted his life to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and to leading the environmental movement. Speaker Lance Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the final book of his career, Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979). Hidy continues to design the official Ansel Adams books for the Ansel Adams Trust and publisher Little, Brown & Company. Through his first-hand experience, Hidy brings a personal perspective to the Ansel Adams story.

In his lifetime Adams shot over 40,000 photographs; he produced several dozen books that have sold over a million copies; he cofounded the first museum department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art; and, for nearly 40 years he was a leader in the Sierra Club. The lecture is enlivened by quotes from Adams’ autobiography, and by dozens of his finest photographs.

Lance HidyAfter graduating from Yale and cofounding the Boston publishing firm of David R. Godine, Hidy established his own design studio in 1973, where he expanded his practice to include posters, illustration, and photog­raphy, while incorporating his love of printmaking with his training in letter forms. Hidy’s writings on design history and practice have been widely published.

A former art director of Harvard Business Review, he designed the typeface Penumbra for Adobe, designed three U.S. postage stamps, and specializes in corporate identity and logo design. He currently works as an accessibility specialist at NECC, helping faculty design courses that are more user-friendly.

A collection of Lance Hidy’s work is on permanent exhibit in the Museum’s art gallery.

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