By: Alena Murphy
Birth & Death
Ansel was born February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco, California and died April 22nd, 1984 in Monterey, California at the age of 82.
How He Got Into Photography
Ansel became interested in the outdoors at a very young age. With the banking crisis of 1907 his family slowly began to lose their privileged way of living. Ansel then got into music by teaching himself how to play piano. He was even more interested in learning about photography. He took his first set of photos in 1916 when his family visited Yosemite National Park. Photography became his main hobby. He eventually got a job as a photo technician and that improved his skills and his career took off.
Style Of Photography & Trademark
How He Became Famous
Hasselblad Award- 1981
Sierra Club John Muir Award- 1963
Presidential Medal of Freedom- 1980
Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts- 1946
His Own Critique
"My photographs have now reached a stage when they are worthy of the world's critical examination. I have suddenly come upon a new style which I believe will place my work equal to anything of its kind." said April 1927
“Everything I have done or felt has been in some way influenced by the impact of the natural scene”
-Foreward by John P. Schaefer and Andrea G. Stillman