Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Ansel Adams

 

Ansel Adams (1902—1984) was a photographer and environmentalist,  born in San Francisco, California.

Tetons and the Snake River

 

Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park, using his work to promote conservation of wilderness areas.

Lake Tenaya

 

His iconic black-and-white images helped to establish photography among the fine arts.

Bridaveil Falls

 

In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, Adams began experimenting with photography.

Yosemite Valley Clearing Winterstorm

 

He learned darkroom techniques and read photography magazines, attended camera club meetings, and went to photography and art exhibits.

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico

 

Adams’ professional breakthrough followed the publication of his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, which included his famous image Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.

Monolith, the Face of Half Dome

 

For Adams, the environmental issues of particular importance were Yosemite National Park, the national park system, and above all, the preservation of wilderness.

Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park

 

He fought for new parks and wilderness areas, for the Wilderness Act, for wild Alaska and his beloved Big Sur coast of central California, for the mighty redwoods, for endangered sea lions and sea otters, and for clean air and water.

Thunder Clouds

 

Seen in a more traditional art history context, Adams was the last and defining figure in the romantic tradition of nineteenth-century American landscape painting and photography.

Mount Williamson

 

More of Ansel Adam‘s breathtaking photography can be found at https://www.anseladams.com/.

 

 

13 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Ansel Adams

    1. I do try and run through the gamut of artists, new, unique, and traditional, all who have influenced art in their own way. Photography is one of those categories. Anyone can take a picture, but who can change the face of their craft? I’m so glad you appreciate Adams — I really do, too.

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  1. Thank you for posting these photographs. I have long been a fan of Ansel Adams. Yosemite is my favorite National Park. It was so much fun to spend childhood Sundays there with my family. It was about an hour’s drive from where I grew up. My dad loved taking out of state visitors there.

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