This film made in 1958 came at the end of a particularly productive decade for Adams. In 1952 he was one of the founders of Aperture magazine. He was also a contributor to Arizona Highways, a photo-rich travel magazine and his article for the title on Mission San Xavier del Bac, with text by longtime friend Nancy Newhall, had been enlarged into a book published in 1954. In June 1955, Adams began his annual workshops, teaching thousands of students until its end in 1981, he had continued with commercial assignments and became a consultant on a monthly retainer for the Polaroid Corporation, founded by his good friend Edwin Land.
Beaumont Newhall was an American curator, art historian, writer, and photographer. His book The History of Photography remains one of the most significant accounts in the field and has become a classic photographic history textbook. Newhall was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his accomplishments in the study of photographic history.
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