Artist of the Day: Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

 

California, United States

Photographer

Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California in 1984 to a wealthy family. After a devastating economic crisis causing his parents to lose their fortune along with a crippling fear of earthquakes (which injured and traumatized him at age four), he had a difficult time making friends as a child. At age 12, he enjoyed numerous hikes, and even taught himself music. He found joy and comfort in photography, and was especially enamored with the Golden Gate Bridge, which served as his early inspiration for his photography.

He first exhibited his artwork at a one-man show in San Fransisco in 1928. As beautiful as his photography was, it still didn’t help his family’s financial crisis for a long time. He found himself swamped in a lot of commercial work with his clients ranging from the National Parks to a local womens’ college. He was working nonstop for 18 hour days. The work was not paying him enough, and didn’t leave him a lot of time to do his creative work. Adams had this problem until very late in his life.

Adams enjoyed studying the technical side of the art medium. Through his study of the camera, he invented the “zone system’ which uses combinations of development and exposure. He also became the leading consultant for camera companies including Polaroid and Hasselblad.

Mt. Mckinley, Wonder Lake, Alaska

Mt. Mckinley, Wonder Lake, Alaska

In Joshua Tree National Monument (1950)

In Joshua Tree National Monument (1950)

Moon and Half Dome (1960)

Moon and Half Dome (1960)

Adams is best known for his stunning black and white landscape photography, particularly that of Yosemite in Yellowstone.

Information and artwork pictures from: http://www.anseladams.com

Picture of artist from: http://photogartphy.com/ansel-adams/

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