This selection of photographs was taken by Ansel Adams. If you’re not familiar with his name, he was a photographer and conservationist born in San Francisco in 1902 and was, arguably, the greatest photographer of the 20th century.
A commercial photographer for 30 years, he made visionary photos of western landscapes that were inspired by a boyhood trip to Yosemite. He won three Guggenheim grants to photograph the national parks (1944-1958). Founding the f/64 group with Edward Weston in 1932, he developed the zone system of exposure to get maximum tonal range from black-and-white film. He served on the Sierra Club Board (1934-1971). Read a short biography. While he died in 1984, his autobiography was published one year later.
Published on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ansel Adams at 100 celebrates the centenary of one of America’s best-loved photographers. This superlative catalog of an exhibition organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents the most dramatic and the most delicate of Adams’s formal compositions, from spectacular mountainscapes to grasses on a pond, all reflecting his avowedly religious relationship to nature.