Biography of Ansel Easton Adams Essay

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Ansel Easton Adams born February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California. Adams is famously known photographer and environmentalist. Ansel Adams best known for his iconic images of the Yosemite Park and the great American West. Most of Adams’s photographs was about the environment, nature, and landscape. Due to his love for the beauty of nature, Adams help promote, and protect the American wilderness. Ansel Adam first talent was playing the piano, it became his passion. But that surely change in the year 1916, Adams who took a trip to Yosemite National Park began to have interest in photography. According to Adams, his first experience with the camera, “were very poor photographs indeed” (Adams, 43). Ansel Adams first camera was a Kodak …show more content…
In the year 1932 gathered together, Van Dyke, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Sonya Noskowiak, John Paul Edwards, Henry Swift, and Adams himself met. The Group f/64 became known as the renewed interest in the philosophy of straight photography: no imitations of other art forms. Adams and other artist in the Group f/64 were users of view cameras. The group had exclusive membership, only inviting those who strive to define photography as an art form by simplicity and direct presentation. The Group f/64 was not taken lightly by pictorialist such as the likes of William Mortensen. Whom Adams disliked, “His photographs were of models suggesting classic and Renaissance characters…were just plain awful” (Adams, 91). Even though the Group f/64 did not continue meeting, the movement of straight photography lived. Ansel Adams and the Group of f/64 led a movement that change photography. The Group of f/64 promoted and expanded modernism photography. Ansel Adams was a pure photography enthusiast. Then Ansel Adams along with Fred Archer created the technique called, Zone System. The Zone System was “an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera’s metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure”

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