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In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams


By Anne Pautler

Published Jan 1, 2014 8:00 AM

Moonrise, UCLA / Adams 1966 / Cooley 2013
The moon was an important element in some of Adams’ most iconic shots: Moonrise, Hernandez, N.M. (1941) and Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, Calif. (1960). But in the four years he worked on “Fiat Lux,” the only moonrise Adams shot was this view looking east from the residence halls. Cooley shot from the top of Drake Stadium — not finished until 1969, but directly below one of the original residence halls, Sproul Hall. These days the nights are brighter, with intramural fields, walkways and Janss Steps outlined in lights.


Photos by Ansel Adams (top) and Kevin Cooley (bottom)