Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) 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 in books.
Adams first learned about photography and the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a child, on family vacation. His love for the medium and the place grew in tandem, and after his initial 1916 visit, Adams visited Yosemite annually. Originally working in the Pictorialist style, widely popular in the 1910s and 1920s, Adams encountered Paul Strand’s photography in 1930, and rejected his earlier painterly, soft focus style for a new “pure” and sharp focus approach .
- Making a Photograph, 1935.
- Camera and Lens: The Creative Approach, 1948.
- The Negative: Exposure and Development, 1949.
- The Print: Contact Printing and Enlarging, 1950.
- Natural Light Photography, 1952.
- Artificial Light Photography, 1956.
- Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, 1983.
- with Bob Baker, The Camera, 1995 .
- with Bob Baker, The Negative, 1995 .
- with Bob Baker, The Print, 1995 .
- Taos Pueblo, 1930.
- The Islands of Hawaii, 1958.
- Ansel Adams, 1972.
- Images, 1923-1974, 1974.
- Polaroid Land Photography, 1978.
- Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1979.
- The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, 1981.
Books on Adams
- Julie Dunlap, Kerry Maguire, Eye on the wild: a story about Ansel Adams, 1995