100 top photographers

Ansel Adams


PhotoUtopia Intro: Probably the worlds most famous Landscape photographer of all time, Adams is far more than initially meets the eye. A thoughtful pioneer of the medium he co-founded Group f/64 with other masters like Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. He set up Aperture magazine in 1952 which is still published today, it continues to promote photography as an art form. It’s fair to say that Adams was a vital component in creating the medium as we know it today. He has probably sold more calendars than any other artist, but don’t hold that against him; as an early environmentalist his images communicate far more than simple beauty. I can recommend his auto-biography if you want a feel for the pioneering period in which our medium fought its way into the fine arts.

Wikipedia*Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. One of his most famous photographs was Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California.
With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. Adams primarily used large-format cameras, despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.
Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, which in turn created the Museum of Modern Art's department of photography. Adams's photographs are reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books, making his photographs widely distributed.
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Official Site: www.anseladams.com/
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