Photographing the Future: Utopian Vision and Ansel Adams’s Fiat Lux

On November 4th at Berkeley, “Photographing the Future: Utopian Vision and Ansel Adams’s Fiat Lux with Julia Bryan-Wilson and Trevor Paglen [flyer].

“In 1963 Ansel Adams was commissioned by then UC president Clark Kerr to create a photographic book for the upcoming centennial celebration of the University of California in 1968. Adams was asked to “…emphasize the prospective view for the university and [to] project in images, as far as possible, “the next hundred years.” Between 1963 and 1967, Adams shot 6,000 images of the campuses and outposts of the university – producing a book, Fiat Lux, and an archive that has rarely been seen or explored, though it represents the single largest commission ever undertaken by this iconic American photographer. Paglen and Bryan-Wilson will discuss the ethical, aesthetic, and prophetic dimensions of this hubristic but revealing archive.”