Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Ansel Adams exemplified the purist approach to photography.
His work is strongly associated with a visionary sense
of the redemptive beauty of wilderness and the importance of preserving it. Greatly influenced by Paul Strand,
he helped found the f/64 Group, dedicated to sharp-focus, pre-visualized prints. Alfred Stieglitz gave him a solo
exhibition at "An American Place" in 1936. Adams, who was born in San Francisco, created the San Francisco Art
Institute's photography department (1946) and helped to found the Friends of Photography (1967). He is best
known for his photographs of Yosemite Valley and as the father of "The Zone System," a codified approach to
exposure, processing and printing that influenced countless photographers.
Adams, Ansel, and Newhall, Nancy. This Is American Earth. San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1960/1968.
Newhall, Beaumont, The History of Photography. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1982.