Ansel Easton Adams, a photographer and an environmentalist, famously known for the landscape photography, came to the world in February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California. He gained fame in this field as a photographer of the American West, and for his black and white photo of a landscape, markedly for the Yosemite National Park. He dished out this field by developing a Zone System with his colleague, Archer, as a tool to figure out the exact exposure and adjustment of the contrast image. The clarity, produced as an outcome, is what exactly his photography shows. His magnificent work of black and white pictures played a pivotal role in the field of photography among the fine arts. His work is kept esteem even today, although a full stop to more of his work came with his death in Monterey, California, on April 22, 1984.
Ansel Adams took birth in San Francisco, California. The country received an iconic figure, as his family migrated from Ireland in the early 70s and made abode in New England. His grandfather discovered the lumbar work best to earn bread and passed it on to his son i.e. Ansel’s father as a family business. However in the later part of life, Adams condemned this particular industry for the exhaust of the redwood forests.
The interesting incident of Adams childhood, leaving a mark on his identity was the trauma that accompanied the earthquake in San Francisco, in the year 1906. Due to the trembles of the quake, he got hit on a garden wall and got his nose broken. If a view of his nature as a child, he was known as hyperactive and a cloying child with a few friends. He has a number of school dismissals in his record as a school child owing to his unruly behavior.
Besides this he was skillful at playing piano that remained his young age passion. However, later as he went for a trip to Yosemite National Park and began trying on photography. Taking it a step ahead he began showing interest, in learning the darkroom techniques plus attended camera club meetings. His first benchmark in this particular field with his work and sold out at the Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley.
Ansel Adams was lucky to marry Virginia Best, who was a daughter of the Best’s Studio proprietor, in the year 1928. Receiving the studio in 1935 becoming his work field and continued working in this studio till 1971 and is known as the ‘Ansel Adams Gallery’.
His career and reputation, reached the peaks between 1929 and 1942, and the professional victory is a glory of his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. This publication displayed the renowned image “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.” With this Ansel Adams began working more upon the detailed close-ups as well as large forms, from mountains to factories. He spent profitable time with some commendable artists in his field, in New Mexico that includes Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Strand. His keenness to work went on as he began publishing essays and skillful books on photography. Nevertheless, Adams first preference was to guard the wilderness areas, including Yosemite. He kept capturing the photographs life in the camps for a special photo essay labeled as ‘wartime injustice’.
Another remarkable work to his credit is his click to hold a view of the moon rising above a village just a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The image came up as “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”. Ansel Adams received numerous awards, appreciating his efforts in the field of photography and his work displayed in the museum. His work still is a complete institute for beginners although he is no more to serve the purpose.