Ansel Adams, one of the most prolific and well known photographers, produced numerous works throughout his lifetime that highlight the beauty and purity of the American West. Throughout his career Adams helped to create a foundation for photography as an art form through his work as a pure photographer. Adams’ body of work demonstrates the technical mastery he had of photography as well as the passion he felt for the glory and beauty of nature. As an artist, Ansel Adams worked to record the beauty of nature in its pure, untouched state as well as refresh America’s view of nature, reminding them of the majesty and wonder nature posses in order to further the conversationalist movement. Adams was successful in the roles he adopted as an artist, demonstrated by his career as an artist, the effect he had upon his own society, and the prominence his still has as an artist today following his death. Born in San Francisco in 1902, Adams was inspired by nature from a young age, spending much of his time as a child in the sand dunes near his home (History: Ansel Adams). The appreciation that Ansel Adams gained early of nature grew with his first visit to Yosemite at the age of fourteen, and at the age of nineteen Adams took a job as a custodian in Yosemite where he fostered an interest of photography, trekking deep into the woods to capture images of the many natural beauties found within the park. (History: Ansel Adams) It was during this time of Adams’ life in which he began to fall into the first of his roles as a photographer, to record the beauty and purity of nature that once existed in America and which was beginning to disappear with the modernization of the country. A member of the Sierra Club, an environmentalist organization founded by conversationalist icon John Muir, Adams’ became the official photographer for their trips into the wilderness and continued recording the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Adams work was first used by the Sierra Club to help with numerous movements regarding the National Park System, which helped him work his way into a career as an artist. (History: Ansel Adams) Throughout Ansel Adams’ career he remained focused on nature, primarily the West, and documenting the beauty it possesses. Adams’ created an extensive body of work that not only inspired America with its view of natural beauty, but also made strides with the conversationalist movement. Adams’ career as a photographer centered around landscapes that are often described as an idealized view of America’s West. (Kollin, Susan 86-88) Adams was unique from the majority of photographers in his time in that he utilized pure photography, or not altering the photograph from it’s original state. In order to accomplish this he had to visualize the photograph before actually taking it in order to make the photograph how he wanted it to look. (Getlein, Mark 203-204) Through his works Adams recorded the natural beauty found in Yosemite National Park and other similar areas. His photograph Yosemite Valley, 1948 (right) demonstrates this perfectly as it shows an area of the Yosemite Valley that many people were not able to view as Adams often traveled great distances through very rough terrain to capture his images. Yosemite Valley creates an idealized beauty through the careful planning Adams always took before taking an image. Before actually photographing a scene Adams knew exactly how the image would turn out and planned accordingly. Adams’ use of light within this piece creates the idealized beauty mentioned earlier, illuminating the clouds and bluffs with a majestic quality. Not only did Adams utilize landscapes to document and record the beauty found in nature, but he also refreshed his viewers view on nature by utilizing unique angles and frames. By illustrating nature through a view not normally taken during everyday life, Adams’ was able to show normal aspects of nature in a way different than most people had previously viewed them.
Ansel Adams photographer and artist
Until the 19th century most artwork was created in a two or three-dimensional media. In England, William Fox discovered a technique that allowed camera images to be captured on paper. This medium has evolved since Fox's discovery in 1839 to a serious and viable form of art today. Photography allows the artist to capture what he sees. The image produced is reality to the artists eye, it can only be manipulated with light and angles.…
Adams was born in the Western Addition of San Francisco, California, to distinctly upper-class parents Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray Adams. He was an only child and was named after his uncle Ansel Easton.…
The Photograph Entrance of Catholic Chapel, taken in 1943 by Ansel Adams shows faith, freedom, and friendship by the use of lines, the contrast of light and dark, and the smiling facial expressions of the women and children.
Long, upward extending tree branches on both edges of the photograph move the viewers eyes to a large white cross above a wide building. Electrical wires stretch out from the bottom of the cross and out of the frame to the right.…
Ansel Adams was that man that changed photography forever. Let me explain how it all began.
Ansel Adams was fourteen when he got his first box camera. Ansel had been reading a book about Yosemite Valley, which was 150 miles from his parents’ San Francisco home. They set off on June 1, 1916 for a month long trip enjoying the beautiful and mystifying view of Yosemite. His parents gave him a box camera soon after they arrived.…
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His
black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite
National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, and books. He
was born February 20, 1902. Adams was born in the Western Addition of San
Francisco, California, to distinctly upper-class parents Charles Hitchcock Adams
and Olive Bray Adams.…
Ansel Adams had become an environmentalist during this time and used his photographs as a record so that we could see what many of these national parks looked like before human traveling and intervention.
Ansels style was to photograph anything related to the environment like rocks, mountains and trees.…
Ansel Adams even shows us in The Negative how to use it with point and shoot cameras! Ansel Adams chose to divide the range between white and black into about ten zones. Each is an f/stop apart. Color film and digital tend to have fewer zones, but that’s not important. What’s important is understanding how these zones relate to one another and how they change as they go through ach step of any photographic process.…
Lee Marie Hotchkiss
March 29, 2014
Heroes of the Wilderness
A hero is someone who works to change things toward a certain ideal or succeeds in making change, usually to the benefit of many others besides him or herself. Heroes come in just about every form and almost every group or cause has its heroes. One of the definitions for a hero is that they are someone who is “admired for qualities and achievements and is regarded as an ideal or model.’’ (New World Dictionary…
Infinity is simply the idea of something that is not finite. This number is a concept that most people are aware of, yet they don’t fully understand the significance of this digit. Infinity is a number that fully represents the idea of something that is truly never ending. Infinity can be found and is used in many aspects of math, even ones that you would have never thought of. Once recognized, infinity became one of the most pondered upon math mysteries that the world has ever seen.…
Ansel Adams is on the most famous photographers of all times. I have had the chance to see some of his photos and the one that stood out to me was a photo called Oak Tree, Snowstorm. I believe he captures the beauty of the oak tree and snowstorm. Image is dated 1948 and printed in 1972.
I have found that print making is a form of wood pieces being placed together to form a picture.…