Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a photographer and environmentalist born in San Francisco, California. Adams’s life was, in his words, “colored and modulated by the great earth gesture” of the Yosemite Sierra (Adams, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, p. xiv). He spent substantial time there every year from 1916 until his death, and Yosemite played a vital role in his early success as a photographer.

Seen in a more traditional art history context, Adams was the last and defining figure in the romantic tradition of nineteenth-century American landscape painting and photography.  

Adams died in Monterey, California.