Ansel Adams

Famous Photographer

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Ansel Easton Adams

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and is known for his black and white landscape photographs. He was born on February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco. He died at the age of 82 on April 22nd, 1984. His parents were Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray Adams. Being an only child, Ansel was named after his uncle.

Ansel studied at Yale University and also Harvard, a very impressive education background as well as numerous awards for his work, including the Hasselblad award, Sierra Club John Muir award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more. You might recognize his work on calenders, posters, books, and more.

His work

Ansel loved to photograph at parks, particularly Yosemite National park. He wanted his
work to promote wildlife conservation as well as capture the beauty that only pure nature could give. "With Fred Archer (another American photographer), Adams developed the "Zone System" as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs. Adams primarily used large-format cameras because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images."


Ansel Adams preferred to film with black and white. "Ansel felt color would be distracting, and "could therefore divert an artist’s attention away from achieving his full potential when taking a photograph." Adams actually claimed that he could get “a far greater sense of ‘color’ through a well-planned and executed black-and-white image than he had ever achieved with color photography."
Though many photographers focus on colors to capture their beauty, you have to respect Ansel Adams for not replying on such an easy given art form. Ansel had amazing talent and it easily shows in all of his photographs.