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Few artists of any kind have reached a wider audience, or enjoyed more widespread popularity in their own lifetime than photographer Ansel Adams. This program covers the themes that absorbed Adams throughout his career: the beauty and fragility of the American earth, the inseparable bond of man and nature, and the moral obligation we owe the future in terms of our treatment of our land. The documentary weaves together archival footage, photographic images, dramatic readings of the artist’s own writing, and interviews with leading photographers, historians, curators, naturalists, as well as Adams’s family, friends, and colleagues, to tell the story of a man who was at once a visionary photographer, a pioneer in photographic technique, and an ardent crusader for the cause of environmentalism.