‘He’s a giant’: Ansel Adams Yosemite book gets nod from photographer Pete Souza

Morgan Hines, USA TODAY

Cathedral Peak and Lake, 1938

There probably isn’t a photographer out there that Ansel Adams hasn’t influenced.

At least that’s what Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, thinks.

Souza, who wrote the foreword for Adams’ new book “Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints,” out Tuesday, told USA TODAY a trip to Yosemite National Park led him to “make believe” he was Adams.

“Never in my imagination would I ever have imagined that someday I would be writing a foreword to an Ansel Adams book,” Souza says. “He’s a giant.”

The new book includes photographs arranged in a sequence selected by Adams before he died in 1984. The focus of the sequence is Yosemite National Park, where Adams spent a great deal of time….read more