Ansel Adams was probably one of America’s greatest photographers of the 20th century. He was born February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California. He died April 22, 1984. He was born into an upper class. His parents were Charles and Olive Adams. When he was twelve years old his father took him out of school to be taught by private teachers. He was educated in Greek and how to play the piano. He became interested in photography when he saw Paul Strand’s negatives. When he was fourteen he went to Yosemite National Park. While there he met up with the Best family of Best Studios. Later on he married Virginia Best and they had two kids together. His two kids names are Michael and Anne. When he was seventeen he became a member of the environmental club, the Sierra Club. He began to take pictures when the club went out on hikes. After a while he was named the club’s official photographer. His first pictures were in the Sierra Club’s newsletter. By taking pictures of some of America’s National Parks before humans took over he made a very strong commitment to preserving the environment that he loved so dearly. After getting more intense with photography Fred Archer and Ansel Adams developed the Zone system. It is a system of exposure and development. Zone 1 is the maximum black that any paper can get. Zone nine is the last zone and that is the purest color that any photograph can be. All of the zones leading up to zone 9 become lighter with each one. The Zone System was the used on negatives pictures in a dark room. Ansel Adams was a pianist, writer, environmentalist, and photographer. He used three different sizes of cameras, a 35mm, medium format, and large format. He favorite types of pictures to take were the in the Western environment. He wrote the trilogy, The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. Some of his most famous pictures are displayed in many museum, The Fine Art Museum of Houston Texas, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Ansel Adams Gallery.
Some interesting photographs that I really like to look at are Saguaro Cactus, Arizona, 1942. I think that one of his most famous photographs is the Monolith-Face Half Dome, Yosemite National Park. I also like the pictures Mount Williams – Clearing Storm, 1945,Oak Tree Sunset City, at the Ansel Adams Gallery, Dogwood Blossoms, and Leaf, Glacier Bay. My opinion of his work is that it is the best photography I have ever seen in a long time. You can tell that he really enjoyed taking pictures and showing the beauty of nature around us. He really wanted to preserve what is beautiful in this world. Ansel Adams and Virginia eventually inherited the Best Studios because Virginia’s father had died. It is still owned by the Adams family today.