Famous Photographer

Ansel Adams

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His full name is Ansel Eaton Adams and he was born on February 20th, 1902, in

Western Addition, San Francisco, California. He died on April 22nd, 1984, in Monterey, California, at 82 years old. Ansel was an only child. He was dismissed from many private schools and at the age of twelve got a private tutor, his aunt and father. Ansel married Virginia Best and the couple had two children.

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"…It is difficult to explain the magic: to lie in a small recess of the granite matrix of the Sierra and watch the progress of dusk to night, the incredible brilliance of the stars, the waning of the glittering sky into dawn, and the following sunrise on the peaks and domes around me. And always the cool dawn wind that I believe to be the prime benediction of the Sierra. These qualities to which I still deeply respond were distilled into my pictures over the decades. I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite."
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Why Photography?

He was a conservationist and got into taking photographs at Yosemite for the Sierra Club. His professional breakthrough came from the publication of Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, his first portfolio featuring “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.” His trademark style was black and white nature and wilderness photographs.
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What other say about his work

  • inspired by his tireless efforts for the natural environment
  • dedicated to the creative spirit
  • could understand his creative motivations and goals
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Ansel Adams received an honorary atrium doctor degree from Harvard University and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1966. He was awarded the Conservation Service Award by the Department of the Interior in 1968, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007. The Minarets Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest and a 11,760-foot peak therein were renamed the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Mount Ansel Adams respectively in 1985. Adams was presented with the Hasselblad Award in 1981. The Wilderness Society also has a large permanent gallery of his work on display at its Washington DC Headquarters.

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What I appreciate

I appreciate his work to save the environment, and his eerie black and white photographs. He took the kind of photos I like to take and makes a statement with them, there not just random shots. His photography show the need to take care of the Earth without any words at all.
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Interesting/Important Facts

  • Broke his nose in an earthquake and it was never set right
  • used large format cameras
  • developed the Zone System
  • founded photograph group called Group f'64
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My Interpretation of His Style