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Ansel Adams,
Photographer

1902-1984

 

Ansel Adams was one of the great Artist/Naturalists of the 20th century. He almost single-handedly turned landscape photography into an art form. A longtime director of the Sierra Club and supporter of the Wilderness Society, Adams tirelessly championed natural beauty and biodiversity. The Ansel Adams Wilderness Area is just south of Yosemite, and on the border between them Mount Ansel Adams rises to almost 12,000 feet.

A longtime director of the Sierra Club and supporter of the Wilderness Society, Adams tirelessly championed natural beauty and biodiversity/

Adams preferred black and white film over color; he thought that black and white "saw "the earth more accurately than color. As an artist Adams did not hesitate to manipulate his photos. He did his own developing and printing.

In his own words: "The whole world is, to me, very much 'alive' -- all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can't look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life -- the things going on within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.”

“Everything I have done or felt is in some way influenced by the impact of the Natural Scene. It is easy to recount that I camped many times at Merced Lake, but 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 that cool dawn wind that I believe to be the prime benediction of the Sierra.”

 

 

Below is a small sampling of his achievement.

 

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