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1: A photograph is often looked at - seldom looked into. -Ansel Adams-

3: Ansel Adams Photographer

4: Ansel Adams was a avid nature lover who successfully captured the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors by using the fine art of photography. |

5: "A good photograph is knowing where to stand." - Ansel Adams | | Ansel Adams Road, Nevada Desert, 1960. Black and White Photography, 7.5 x 9.5 inches.

6: Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 in California. His parents were Charles Hitchcock and Olive Bray Adams. His family was very wealthy until the financial panic of 1907 when the Adams family lost most of their fortune. | | | Ansel Adams The Tetons and The Snake River, 1942 Black and White Photography, 16" x 20" National Archives and Records Administration

7: Ansel was also interested in photography and a trip to Yosemite National Park peaked his enjoyment of nature photography. | Ansel was a shy, quiet child who had trouble fitting in at school. Because of this and other reasons, Ansel only earned an eight grade education. However, he was very musical and began to play the piano at age twelve. He loved the piano so much that he considered becoming a professional musician. | | Ansel Adams Oak Tree Snow Storm. Black and White Photography, 23.7cm x 18.9cm

8: | Ansel Adams developed a love for nature during his childhood and young adult life. He often took long walks and could be found hiking often. In 1919 he became a member of the Sierra Club and was eventually named president of the organization. | Ansel Adams Trees and Snow, 1960. Black and White Phototgraphy, 11" x 18".

9: As part of the Sierra Club, Ansel was able to take photographs and even publish them to the club's 1922 Bulletin. This was only the beginning of Adams' career because in 1928 Ansel had his first one man exhibition at the club's headquarters. | | Ansel Adams Orchard, Early Spring, 1940 Black and White Photography, 10" x 12 5/8".

10: | At this time, Ansel knew that he wanted to be a photographer. Around that same time, Ansel met Virginia Best and the two were married. Over the years they had two children together. | Ansel Adams Yosemite Valley Thunderstorm, Black and White Photography, 8" x 10".

11: | | Ansel Adams soon met Albert M. Bender. Bender was a patron of the arts and helped Ansel create his first portfolio. Under the influence of Bender, Ansel grew dramatically as an artist and began to have the confidence in himself that he lacked as a young child. | Ansel Adams Old Faithful Geyser, 1942. Black and White Photography, 10" x 18".


13: Ansel Adams also worked with Mary Austin and Paul Strand. Ansel published a book with Austin in 1930, while Strand helped Adams pursue "straight photography" instead. | Ansel Adams Golden Gate Before the Bridge, 1932. Black and White Photography, 6" x 9".

14: Ansel Adams considered himself a photographer, lecturer and writer. |,r:0,s:0&tx=43&ty=90 | Ansel Adams Photography | Ansel Adams White Branches, Mono Lake, 1950. Black and White Photography, 19.5" x 15".

15: | Ansel Adams Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, 1927. Black and White Photography, 8" x 6".

16: During the 1950's and 1960's Ansel worked closely with Nancy Newhall. They were able to create a number of books and exhibitions. | | Ansel Adams Rose and Driftwood, 1932. Black and White Photography, 8" x 10".

17: Ansel Adams played a key part in helping establish the first museum department of photography. |

18: Ansel Adams was a great supporter for the cause of wilderness and the environment. It has been said that his photographs are not realistic views of nature, but instead Adams tried to show the natural beauty in his photos. | Ansel Adams Mt. McKenlyey and Wonder Mountain, 1947. Black and White Photography, 10" x 13".

19: Adams was often criticized for failing to include humanity in his photos and for simply taking photos of rocks and trees while the world was falling apart. Adams claimed that he was never influenced by anyone, however, many of his beliefs have ties to transcendentalists.

20: Ansel Adams died on April 22, 1984. He is remember as a great photographer and nature lover and preserver. Interest in his work has only grown stronger since his death and is expected to continue. | | Ansel Adams Down Bishop Pass, 1930. Black and White, 6" x 8".

21: | | Ansel Adams Juniper, 1930. Black and White Photography, 8" x 6". | Ansel Adams Mt. Winchell, 1930. Black and White Photography, 8" x 6".

22: | Ansel Adams Jefferey Pine, 1940. Black and White Photography, 8" x 10".

23: Reference | William Turnage. "Ansel Adams, Photographer." anseladams. 25 May 2011 <— > “Ansel Adams Biography.” Encyclopedia of World Biographies. 5/17/2011

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