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Featuring more than 100 of his most iconic images of Yosemite, San Francisco, and the American Southwest, the exhibition Ansel Adams In Our Time at the de Young Museum looks back and forward in time by placing Adams’ work in direct conversation with 19th century photographers who influenced him, as well as contemporary artists who followed. This talk will trace Adams’ career and share some stories about how he created some of his distinctive photos. It will also explore Adams’ ties to the Bay Area and his commitment to wilderness preservation which continues to serve as an urgent call to protect our environment.
Our docent for this talk, Mike Madrid has been a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2019. He was an advertising and marketing executive for more than twenty years, specializing in global fashion brands. Mike is the author of three books including The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, which NPR named as one of their “Five Best Books to Share with A Friend.” He has written articles for a number of publications including The Huffington Post, and has spoken at colleges, libraries, and conferences across the country. A San Francisco native, Mike is an avid traveler who loves to visit museums both large and small around the world.