Not one, but two world-renowned photography exhibits are now on display at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada. Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh and legendary Californian photographer Ansel Adams are the stars of the museum's winter exhibition. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see both exhibits together open now through March 31, 2014.

Extraordinary People- Portraits by Yousuf Karsh

If there is one portrait photographer that stands out from the 20th Century it's definitely Yousuf Karsh. With over 17,000 hero shots under his belt it is no wonder by he was the chosen photographer among some of the most influential people of the world including Andy Warhol, John Steinbeck, Pablo Picasso and Winston Churchill.

Yousuf's pieces somehow get behind the facade of the person at hand and bringing out raw emotion behind each expression.

The MMA exhibit hosts just a sliver of his works. Over fifty international icons are currently on display each with their own story and raw emotion behind the extraordinary person.

Ansel Adams- Visions of Grandeur

Rugged Californian and Western landscapes are captured in Ansel Adams' exhibit titled Visions of Grandeur.

His black and white photographs somehow portray modern qualities with his ability to strike a harmony with sharp textures and genuine landscapes.

The rare photos are part of a donation to the museum of Virginia Adams in honor of Margaret W. Weston and Ansel Adams work with the Weston Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Family Free Day

Mark you calendars for Free Family Day on February 1st from 11am to 4pm. Not only is admission free but there will be special crafts and activities dedicated to the new exhibits like portrait and silhouette-making stations and Valentine's Day card making.

Opening Reception

Don't miss the photography exhibits official opening reception on February 7th. Beginning at 6pm guests can learn about the new exhibits from Chief Curator Karen Crews Hendon. The event is $10 for non-members and free to members of the museum.