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In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams


By Anne Pautler

Published Jan 1, 2014 8:00 AM

Bunche Hall / Adams 1966 / Cooley 2013
The “Social Sciences Building,” as Adams knew it, wasn't named for Ralph Bunche until 1969. Adams shot from the top of the building we now know as Broad Art Center. So did Cooley, only to find that the geometric precision of Adams’ composition has been hopelessly blurred by time and trees. Even on the brickwork plaza, change is evident: Richard Serra’s monumental T.E.U.C.L.A. now dominates the space, while Jacques Lipchitz' Le Chant des Voyelles, looking like an upraised fist in the foreground of Adams’ photo, has been relocated from its 1963 location.


Photos by Ansel Adams (left) and Kevin Cooley (right)