Ansel Adams was an environmental activist and photographer. He was born on February 20th, 1902, in San Francisco, California. His grandfather founded a successful lumber business which Adams’ father later inherited. Later in life, once Adams
became an environmental activist, he would condemn that industry for depleting Redwoods. In 1928, Adams married Virginia Best, daughter of the Best’s Studio proprietor. The Adamses inherited the studio from her father after his death in 1935, and continued to run it until 1971. It is now known as the Ansel Adams Gallery and remains in the family.
Adams rose to prominence in the photography world when his photos of Yosemite Park were used to promote the conservation of wildlife areas. Once his career took off, he focused on photographing detailed close ups, as well as large forms forms mountains to factories. Ansel Adams is alsoknown for founding the photography group known as Group f/64, along with photographers Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston. Using the aperture that this group developed enabled them to take unprecedented photographs where everything in the image seemed to be in focus, from the blades of grass to the clouds in the sky. No matter how close up or far away the image was taken, everything was able to be in focus.
Ansel Adams was mentioned in class the other day, and caught my attention. Personally, I love taking photographs of things up close like flowers, but I also love taking pictures of landscapes. The Ansel Adams photographs we saw in class fascinated me because they were so incredible to see. When I did more research I found it was interesting that he was an environmental activist and that’s what some of his photos were used for. I thought others might enjoy learning a little more about Ansel Adams, his photographs, and how he ended up where he did.
Here’s a gallery of his photographs: