Ansel Adams has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest photographers by many, but has also faced controversy for his controversial views on race.
In 2014, the Oscar-winning photographer was suspended from the US Grand Prix for comments he made about black athletes.
Adams was also banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after saying that the “next step” was to “take away all the guns.”
Now, Adams is back on the front pages of the UK newspapers, after a petition by the racehorse and actor was signed by almost 400,000 people, more than any other British politician.
Adams said in a statement that he did not want to “disparage” the race horse and actor, but added that he would be willing to debate them.
“I have always been proud to be British and to be an American and now, with so much history, so much diversity, so many talented people and so many stories to tell, I cannot wait to meet the athletes and have a dialogue about race and our shared history,” Adams said.
“I look forward to that discussion.”
Adams said that his remarks about race were not meant to imply that there are problems with race in the UK, but that there was an “unmet need for it” in society.
“The vast majority of people in the US, Canada, Australia and other parts of the Western world have an incredibly positive view of race and a very strong sense of pride in our shared country,” he said.
Adams’s apology comes as he prepares to start filming the sequel to his upcoming film The Last King of Scotland, which is due to be released on November 8, 2020.
“We are a country of immigrants and it is important that we can be proud of that,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“And so we will do a lot of work to make sure that the legacy that we have of this country will be preserved.”
He added: “I’m hoping that we will be able to make that kind of difference in the next few years.”
Adams, who has been a champion of equality for many years, was criticised for his comments by British race horse owner Joe Gibbs.
He said that Adams was “fooling himself” when he claimed that he was an inspiration to people like him.
“Andy has the opportunity to be the most beautiful and amazing athlete in the world, and I have a dream that I have every chance of achieving,” Gibbs told BBC Sport.
“If he doesn’t achieve it, I’ll have to ask somebody else.”
Adams has also been criticised by actor and animal rights activist James Earl Jones, who said that “all that [his] fame and notoriety will be spent on one man and one racehorse, and that’s not right.”
“It’s all about Andy Murray,” he tweeted.
“He’s not one of us.
We are all just athletes trying to achieve the best we can.”
The actor, who was born in New York and raised in the British capital, said that he had no idea how many people had signed the petition, but would try to speak to them in the future.
“But I think it’s amazing what people are saying and how passionate they are about Andy’s message,” he added.
Adams is currently filming The Last Kings of Scotland and has been working with the actors and actresses, who will star in the film, for several weeks.”
You can’t get in a better position than he is to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Adams is currently filming The Last Kings of Scotland and has been working with the actors and actresses, who will star in the film, for several weeks.