Ansel Adams

Brianna Stewart

Born February 20 of 1902, in Western Addition, San Francisco, Canada, Ansel Adams was brought here by a woman named Olive Bray Adams. 82 years later this same man passed away, but not before gracing the world with his photography and artistic visions.
His mother, Olive Bray Adams, was born in Iowa 1862, but she spent most of her time in Carson City, Nevada. Just before meeting Ansel's father, Charles Hitchcock Adams. Ansel was their only child. His father, however, inherited his fathers lumber mill. Which Adams condemned due to the depleting Redwood Forest.
Going from having a sickly childhood of being private schooled, dyslexic, and with few friends, Adams went to Harvard university. He started his career in photography and arts, however, in 1939 Adams was promoted to U.S Camera, which was the most popular photography magazine. With the help of his wife, Virginia Best, he created an array of children's books. Even in 1941, he started teaching at the Art Center School of Los Angeles.
Adams style is known as "Intimate Nature", getting close and personal with nature. His personal photos are usually portrayed in images of black and white. His black and white landscapes photos were really what made him well known. In fact, his photos of the American West and Yosemite National Park have been reproduced on calendars, posters and books.
Critics say that Adams could squeeze 11 tones of grey from a negative and turn it into a Romantic. They say he struggled to evoke the suggestive memory to images. Adams was disturbed by the temporal conundrum involved in what Henry Fox Talbot, described as ''fixing a shadow.''
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."


"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."


"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment."


~Ansel Adams

I admire Ansel Adams photography because of how simplistic and incredible it is. It gives a whole different insight on the world.