Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902-April 22, 1984) was an American photographer born in San Francisco.
Famous for his black & white landscape photographs of the national parks (Yosemite National Park among others), and as an author of numerous books about photography, including his trilogy of technical instruction manuals (The Camera, The Negative and The Print). He co-founded the photographic association Group f/64 along with other masters like Edward Weston, Willard Van Dyke, Imogen Cunningham and others.
He invented the Zone System, a technique that allows photographers to translate the light they see into specific densities on negatives and paper, thus giving them better control over finished photographs. Adams also pioneered the idea of 'pre-visualisation', the idea of seeing a completed print and then working through the steps to build that print.
Adams disliked the uniformity of the education system and left school in 1915 to educate himself. He originally trained himself as a pianist, but at age fourteen was given a camera as a gift while visiting Yosemite National Park.
During his lifetime he was a member and, later, director of the Sierra Club, a group dedicated to preserving the natural world's wonders and resources. Adams was an environmentalist, and his photographs are a record of what many of these national parks were like before human intervention and travel. His work has promoted many of the goals of the Sierra Club and brought environmental issues to light.
I remain committed to the concept of fusion power, as a citizen, and I wish I was in a position to do more about it. July 18, 1983
For environmental reasons, Ansel Adams was an advocate of fusion power and made photographs of fusion labs. Adams died before the photographs could be published but left his negatives to the Ansel Adams Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona. The archive contains over 3,000 exhibition prints and a complete research collection of the artist's negatives and other original material.
Publishing rights are handled by the trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.