Ansel Adams

Jenna Weber

Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 in San Fancisco, California. He died in Monterey, California from a heart attack on April 22, 1984.

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

Photo: Monolith, The Face of Half Dome

Place of Photograph

Was a photographer in the West of the United States, mainly Yosemite National Park. He used his black and white images to promote conservation of wilderness areas.

Photo: Jeffrey Pine


  • Adams’ breakthrough came after he published his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras.

  • Between 1929 and 1942 Adam focused on close-ups and large forms of mountains. He spent time with other artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand. Adams’ published essays and books on photography.

  • In the 1960s, Adams’ work was being shown in museums and large galleries.

Cause of Photographs

  • Adams’ first wanted to protect wilderness areas, Yosemite imparticularly

  • During World War II, Adams learned about the Japanese internment camps and began taking photos of life in the camps and created an essay on wartime injustice

Photo: Moon and Half Dome

Mount Williamson

  • The rocks in the foreground balance out the mountains in the background

  • The sunlight casting down causes a focal paint on the mountains and different shapes and shadows from the rocks

  • The rocks, mountains, and clouds show different shapes