Even Ansel Adams Gets on the iPad!

Now you can have Ansel Adams playing on the iPad in full glorious black-and-white. What took you so long, Ansel?

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 3, 2010

Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced the release of Ansel Adams for the iPad. This groundbreaking interactive app, available now oniTunes for $13.99, provides a multi-tiered introduction to the life and work of the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Taking full advantage of the remarkable screen resolution, backlit display, and audiovisual capabilities of the iPad, this app sets a new standard for the presentation of art and biography on a hand-held device.

Little, Brown and Company announces the publication of Ansel Adams for the iPad, a multi-tiered introduction to the life and work of Ansel Adams, the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. For $13.99, this app offers spectacular features including a slideshow of Ansel Adams’ photos, embedded video, original letters and postcards, an e-card feature, and a chronology of Adams’ life and career.

The app was created in collaboration with The Ansel Adams Trust and includes:

  • A slideshow of 40 Ansel Adams photographs, with optional audio narration, written commentary, or synchronized music
  • Option to run the slideshow with any musical selection from your iTunes library
  • Embedded video excerpts from documentary films about Adams, including the Ric Burns/Sierra Club Emmy Award-winning film for PBS, spanning Adams’ career
  • A rich selection of letters between Adams and leading figures in the worlds of art, photography, and politics, including Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Weston, Garry Trudeau, and Jimmy Carter, with many original letters shown in facsimile
  • Delightful and amusing vintage postcards that Adams sent to his closest friends, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, while on the road photographing America’s wild places, with original postal stamps and cancellations, doodles, and hand-written notes, with flip-to-read functionality
  • Send-an-e-card feature, allowing the user to create an e-postcard with one of Ansel’s images, enter a message, and email to friends directly out of the app
  • Facsimile reproduction of the Ansel Adams Playboy interview, the most substantial print interview he ever gave
  • A chronology of key moments in Adams’ life and career and a complete bibliography
  • Links to websites of interest to Ansel Adams fans

The extraordinary luminosity provided by the iPad screen gives the photographs in the slideshow a feeling and impact very similar to that of seeing an original Adams print in a museum setting. These photographs were selected by Andrea G. Stillman, who worked for the legendary photographer in the last decade of his life, has edited many books of his work, and is the foremost expert on his work. The photographs span Adams’ career and showcase the full range of his mastery. Stillman also provides the audio narration for the slideshow.

Maja Thomas, senior vice president of Hachette Digital says: “Creating this application is the realization of a dream we’ve nurtured for years. It has finally been made possible by the invention of the iPad. The combination of Ansel Adams’ renowned images, the commentary, letters, postcards, and video features make this a work that can be appreciated in different ways and multiple times. We believe a new audience will join longtime fans of this beautiful work and discover fresh inspiration in this app.”

Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Through the exhibition and publication of his work, his writings, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve America’s remaining wilderness.

In 1976, Ansel Adams chose Little, Brown and Company as the exclusive authorized publisher of his books, calendars, and posters and he established a special Publishing Rights Trust to supervise state-of-the-art image reproduction. The result of the Ansel Adams-Little, Brown collaboration has been a series of celebrated publications—perhaps the most successful single-artist publishing program in history.

Little, Brown and Company is the publisher of many of Ansel Adams’s books, including Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, Ansel Adams at 100; Ansel Adams: In Color, Ansel Adams: The American Wilderness; and Ansel Adams in the National Parks, published on October 21, 2010. Founded in 1837, Little, Brown has long been recognized as a publisher committed to publishing nonfiction and fiction of the highest quality. Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world.

A limited number of reviewer codes for Ansel Adams for the iPad are available through Elizabeth Garriga, Publicity Manager, at elizabeth(dot)garriga(at)hbgusa(dot)com.

See the app on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ansel-adams/id400716705?mt=8

2 Responses to “Even Ansel Adams Gets on the iPad!”

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  1. Atort says:

    I heard though from many that the iPad version does NOT do the his works justice due to the layout and sizing, etc. that the digital version brings to the table, so apparently the book is really the only way to go for the purists out there to see Ansel’s works in the best light. :)

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