Famous Photographer

Ansel Adams

General Information

  • Ansel Adams was born on February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco, California.
  • He passed away on April 22nd, 1984, at the age of 82.
  • Ansel was an only child, and was named after his uncle.
  • As a child, he learned to play piano, and music became the primary focus in his youth.
  • Ansel Adams went to Yale University.
  • He became interested in photography when he met Albert M. Bender, an insurance magnate and patron for photography.
  • Ansel Adams was known for landscape photos with black and white filters on them.
  • Adams had a professional breakthrough with his picture "Monolith, the Face of Half Dome," and many commercial assignments followed.
  • He received many awards, including;
  • 1968 - Conservation Service Award
  • 1980 - Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1963 - Sierra Club John Muir Award
  • 1981 - Hasselblad Award

What Is Said About His Work

I personally think his work is very good. I appreciate all the very unique places he traveled to and taken pictures of. It is all very creative.


Ansel Adams believed that everyone looked at his photographs, but seldom did they look into them.


"When we think of photographs by Ansel Adams, we all have images that come readily to mind. "Moonrise." "Clearing Winter Storm." Winter Sunrise." All icons of landscape photography, of all photography. I always enjoy seeing one of his books, or an exhibit, not just for these icons, but to absorb the range of his vision."


-William Neill

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