LA JOLLA, Calif.—Rare pictures of UC San Diego taken by one of the nation's preeminent photographers are on display for the first time inside the campus' Geisel Library.
Ansel Adams, as commissioned by the UC Regents, snapped about 10 photographs back in the early 1960s when the school was just in its infancy.
"He was commissioned in 1963 to photograph all of the campuses as part of a book called 'Fiat Lux,'" said Lynda Claassen, a library official who helped bring the photos to UCSD. "What you are looking at is a small selection of photographs that Adams took of UCSD between 1963 and 1966."
The photos are part of a collection housed at UC Riverside and were brought over to help commemorate UCSD's 50th anniversary.
Claassen, the director of UCSD's Mandeville Special Collections Library, said even though the pictures have been published for decades, this was the first opportunity for UC Riverside to make high-resolution digital scans of the actual negatives.
Claassen was quick to point out that while she is thrilled to have the pictures on campus, they are just prints and should not be confused with the artwork Adams' created in dark rooms.
"If you're an Adams fan you know that the printing for Adam's work is really a very important part of his production," Claassen said.
The pictures show the university in its infancy with most of the images pertaining to Revelle College and its related buildings.
Adams is most famous for his dramatic photos of California's state parks but the framed photographs found in the lobby of Geisel Library mostly show portraits of people.
"It seems like we're seeing a different side of Adams," said Sui Solitaire, a junior at UCSD who is also a professional photographer. "It's really documenting how people look."
The popular images will be on display until May 1.