Ansel Adams is revered for his technically precise and tonally rich landscapes. On a childhood trip to Yosemite, Adams received his first camera, a Kodak Brownie. In awe of the splendor of the landscape, the dazzling light, and dramatic shadows, Adams returned to Yosemite again and again to capture its majesty. In trips throughout the United States, he hiked through remote wilderness, scaled mountains, and endured the elements to obtain the best views. A passionate environmental conservationist, he served as director of the Sierra Club and received accolades including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1932 Adams co-founded the f/64 group, named after the small aperture utilized to achieve crisp, sharply focused images with a high depth of field. Adams sought perfection in his work, and was emphatic about previsualizing the finished image before opening the shutter, resulting in a technical strategy he called the “zone system,” which helped predict and control a photograph’s tonal range.
Last Updated: 12/4/2020
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Masters of Photography: Works from the Cam Garner Collection
, 11/14/2020 - 3/14/2021
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