Ansel Adams (1902—1984) was a photographer and environmentalist, born in San Francisco, California.
Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park, using his work to promote conservation of wilderness areas.
His iconic black-and-white images helped to establish photography among the fine arts.
In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, Adams began experimenting with photography.
He learned darkroom techniques and read photography magazines, attended camera club meetings, and went to photography and art exhibits.
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.
For Adams, the environmental issues of particular importance were Yosemite National Park, the national park system, and above all, the preservation of wilderness.
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.
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.
More of Ansel Adam‘s breathtaking photography can be found at https://www.anseladams.com/.