Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park by Ansel Adams

About This Project

Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) was born in San Francisco, California. Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park, using his work to promote conservation of wilderness areas. His iconic black-and-white images helped to establish photography among the fine arts.

Adams was among the first artists to contribute to CPAC’s Permanent Collection in 1963.

From the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park:

“Adams’s technical mastery was the stuff of legend. More than any creative photographer, before or since, he reveled in the theory and practice of the medium. Edward Weston and Paul Strand frequently consulted him for technical advice. He served as principal photographic consultant to Polaroid and Hasselblad and, informally, to many other photographic concerns. Adams developed the famous and highly complex “zone system” of controlling and relating exposure and development, enabling photographers to creatively visualize an image and produce a photograph that matched and expressed that visualization. He produced ten volumes of technical manuals on photography, which are the most influential books ever written on the subject.”

Ansel Adams, Black and White