Ansel Adams

By: Sophia Daddario

Full Name

Ansel Easton Adams

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Date and Place of Birth

  • Born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco California
  • he died on April 22, 1984 in Monterey California
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Family Background/Education

His family came California from New England, having migrated from Ireland in the early 1700s. He was dismissed from many schools for bad behavior. He married Virginia Best. He was educated in Yale University and Harvard University.
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Why he/she got into photography

He gave up on the piano and decided to become a full-time professional photographer at about the time that some of his work was published in limited edition collections, such as Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras and Taos Pueblo

His style/ trademark

his photographic style was black-and-white landscapes
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What made him/her famous?

iconic images of the American West, including Yosemite National Park
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Awards, fellowships, grants

1968 - Conservation Service Award
1980 - Presidential Medal of Freedom
1963 - Sierra Club John Muir Award
1981 - Hasselblad Award

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What he/she said or say about his/her work


"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept"

"Photography as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers and infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."

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What others have said about his work

If ever a photographer deserved to have a mountain named after him, it was Ansel Adams
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What do you appreciate about this person and his/her work?

I think his work is amazing the way he captured his landscapes are beautiful