Monday, August 29, 2011

Ansel Adams

Here is an artist that both my husband and I love. While I was reading up on him I just couldn't really summarize what I was reading. And as I wrote this blog it just doesn't do him justice. So here are some bits of information about him and some of his gorgeous photographs. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ansel Adams was a photographer as well as an environmentalist. He is best known for his black and white photographs of the American West. He especially loved Yosemite National Park.

Ansel was born in San Francisco in 1902 and remembers being thrown into a cement wall during the 1906 earthquake, breaking his nose. Ansel had a photographic memory and it came in very handy when he learned to play music which became his first passion.

Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite National Park in 1916. During his visit there his father gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie box camera. He started visiting Yosemite every year after that with better cameras. While in San Francisco he took on a part time job working for a photo finisher. He started reading every photography magazine he could get his hands on.

In 1928 Ansel married Virginia Best in Yosemite National Park. After his wife's fathers death Ansel inherited his late father in laws studio. The Adams continued to run the studio until 1971. The studio is now known as the Ansel Adams Gallery and is still owned by the Adams family.

In the 1930's Adams wanted to use his art to encourage wilderness preservation and turned his focus in that direction.

Hey Grandma - Are we related to Ansel Adams???