Most people associate Ansel Adams with framed posters depicting majestic views of sand dunes, full moons and towering trees. Fewer are aware of his other gig as a photojournalist who felt right at home in the city. In 1940, Fortune sent him to L.A., tasked with documenting the civic life if the city in the ramp-up to WWII, with specific regard to the aviation industry. He turned in 200 images, of which only a handful were printed with the story. Adams found the complete file in 1960 and donated them to the Los Angeles Library without much fanfare. Now, more than 50 years later, Ansel Adams Los Angeles brings selections from the LAPL Ansel Adams Collection into pubic view, many for the first time, at EVFA and drkrm's expansive adjoining galleries. Undertaken with full cooperation from the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, and with the unique expertise and increasingly rare capabilities of drkrm's fine-art photographic printing, they are making new silver gelatin prints from the original negatives, getting audiences as close to the artist's initial vision as possible. In scenes ranging from the epic to the candid, Adams shows crowds, families, public spaces and quirky architecture in vistas both urban and natural and from downtown to the shore. Many are casual, yet powerfully and confidently composed; all are alive with the masterful Adams eye with its flair for the dramatic, showing another side of the artist that may be less poster-ready but is no less sophisticated, and even has a sense of humor. drkrm, 727 S. Spring St., dwntwn.; Sat., Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m.; exhibit runs Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., thru March 17. Free. (323) 271- 5635, drkrm.com.
Sat., Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 18. Continues through March 17, 2012