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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

A Thousand Words: Ansel Adams at UCSD
By Lynda Claassen

In 1963, famed photographer Ansel Adams shot more than 70 images of the fledging UCSD campus. And they are gems.

Revelle Plaza, 1963 (Left).

In 1963, famed photographer Ansel Adams was commissioned by the University of California to photograph each UC campus for the university's centennial celebrations. Although Adams shot more than 70 images of the fledgling UC San Diego campus, only 10 images of UCSD appeared in Fiat Lux, the book of photographs produced to commemorate the University of California's centennial.

Thanks to an arrangement with the UC Riverside/California Museum of Photography, which holds the negatives of Adams' Fiat Lux photography, UCSD's Mandeville Special Collections Library is presenting an exhibit, "Ansel Adams at UCSD," in honor of UCSD's 50th anniversary. The exhibit showcases more than 25 of Adams' best photographs of the campus, including the iconic shot of the Scripps Pier, the breezeway between Bonner and Mayer halls, and portraits of early UCSD faculty such as Harold Urey, John Stewart, Walter Munk, and Margaret and Geoffrey Burbidge.

The pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1963

Famed oceanographer
Walter Munk, Ph.D. '47 (Scripps), has taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1947.

A close friend of Roger Revelle's, he helped guide the early formation of UCSD. 1963