Ansel Adams  (American, 1902-1984) 

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984) was a photographer best known for his picturesque photographs of Yosemite National Park. Adams began taking pictures at a young age in 1916. He made a living teaching piano lessons until 1930, and his position as a custodian in Yosemite National Park from 1920 until 1927 enabled Adams to photograph the striking landscape during expeditions. In 1927, he published his first portfolio of work, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, and in 1930 released his first illustrated book, Taos pueblo. Adams’ photographs were featured in a 1936 exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery, An American Place, and in 1940, he contributed to the establishment of the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Photography and co-curated the inaugural exhibit. Among his other achievements, Adams formed the Department of Photography at the California School of Fine Arts (currently the San Francisco Art Institute), and was among the founders of the Friends of Photogaphy in 1966.

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Ansel Adams, Tenaya Creek, Dogwood Rain, Yosemite National Park


Ansel Adams
Tenaya Creek, Dogwood Rain, Yosemite National Park
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Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California


Ansel Adams
Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Ansel Adams, Shadow Lake, Sierra Nevada


Ansel Adams
Shadow Lake, Sierra Nevada

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Ansel Adams, Half Dome, Orchards, Winter, Yosemite National Park


Ansel Adams
Half Dome, Orchards, Winter, Yosemite National Park
circa 1935

Michael Shapiro Photographs
Ansel Adams, Taos Pueblo


Ansel Adams
Taos Pueblo

Boreas Fine Art
Ansel Adams, Silverton, Colorado


Ansel Adams
Silverton, Colorado

Etherton Gallery
Ansel Adams, Fresh Snow, Yosemite Valley, California


Ansel Adams
Fresh Snow, Yosemite Valley, California
circa 1947

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Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands, California


Ansel Adams
Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands, California

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Ansel Adams, Antelope House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona


Ansel Adams
Antelope House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

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Ansel Adams, Moon and Clouds, Northern California


Ansel Adams
Moon and Clouds, Northern California, 1959
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Ansel Adams, Rapids, Merced River, Yosemite Valley


Ansel Adams
Rapids, Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1955
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Ansel Adams, Fern Spring, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, California (and Ansel Adams Images: 1923-1974 book)


Ansel Adams
Fern Spring, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, California (and Ansel Adams Images: 1923-1974 book), 1961
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1902   Born: February 20th, at 114 Maple Street, San Francisco, to Olive and Charles
1916   Took pictures with his very first camera on a family trip to Yosemite National Park. He would return to Yosemite every year for the rest of his life.
1917   Worked at a Photo-finishing business.
1922   Published first illustrated article in Sierra Club Bulletin.
1927   Took the photo Monolith, The Face of Half Dome.
1928   Married Virginia Best in Yosemite.
1930   Became completely dedicated to photography after meeting photographer Paul Strand.
1932   Co-founder of photography group, "f/64".
1933   Opened his own gallery in San Francisco.
1937   His darkroom in Yosemite burned - and destroyed 20 percent of his negatives.
1940   Helps found Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
1941   Developed Zone System of photography - a technique of exposure and development control.
1946   Received Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph national parks.
1948   Guggenheim fellowship renewed.
1949   Became consultant for Polaroid Corporation.
1953   Does Life magazine photo essay on the Mormons in Utah.
1958   Received third Guggenheim fellowship.
1965   Named to President Johnson's environmental task force.
1975   Helps found Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona. His archives are established there.
1980   Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter.
1984   Died on April 22.
2013   A Legacy - Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Light Sensitive - Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Sight and Feeling - Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
The Polaroid Years - The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Clouds - World of the Ephemeral - Leopold Museum, Vienna
Ansel Adams - A Legacy - University of Virginia Art Museums - The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai‘i Pictures, - Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Ansel Adams, - The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
2012   Ansel Adams - Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, WI
Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge - Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
The song of the clouds - De Primi Fine Art, Lugano
Ansel Adams - Rizziero Arte, Pescara
2011   The View from Here - Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Ansel Adams: A Legacy - Missoula Art Museum MAM, Missoula, MT
Ansel Adams: Masterworks - Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
Tribute to Ansel Adams - Galleria Repetto, Acqui Terme
Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail - Nevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV
Ansel Adams: Masterworks - Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (FCMOCA), Fort Collins, CO
2010   Ansel Adams: Arizona and the West - Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Ansel Adams: Photographs - Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, CO
Ansel Adams: A Legacy - Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Ansel Adams - Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Looking At Teske - Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ansel Adams: Masterworks - Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Cape Girardeau, MO
Ansel Adams at Work - The Fiat Lux Commission - UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Ansel Adams: Discoveries - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured The Earth's Beauty - Southern Illinois University Museum , Carbondale, IL
2009   Month of photography: Ansel Adams - City Gallery of Bratislava / Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava
Ansel Adams: Masterworks From the Collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Center, Redding, CA - Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Ansel Adams: A Legacy - Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Yosemite Valley vor Ansel Adams - Galerie foto-forum, Bolzano
Ansel Adams: Early Works - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Ansel Adams - Photographs - Gl Holtegaard, Holte
Ansel Adams in Yosemite - Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Ansel Adams: A Life’s Work - The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
People, of and by Ansel Adams - Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Ansel Adams: Early Works - Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID
2008   CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon, AZ
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2007   Atlas Gallery, London, England
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2006   Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
2005   The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2004   Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
AGO Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
2003   Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1972   Exhibits retrospective Recollected Moments, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; show is sent by USIS to Europe and South America.
1963   The Eloquent Light, a retrospective exhibition with prints from 1923 to 1963 shown at the de Young Museum
1939   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1937   Photographs included in the first historical survey of the medium at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1936   Solo exhibition at An American Place, New York, NY
1931   Had an exhibition of 60 prints at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1979    Yosemite and the Range of Light.
1978    Polaroid Land Photography and Ansel Adams: 50 Years of Portraits.
1976    Photographs of the Southwest.
1970    The Tetons and the Yellowstone.
1963    Releases Portfolio 4
1962    Death Valley and the Creek Called Furnace and These We Inherit: The Parklands of America.
1960    This is the American Earth and releases Portfolio 3
1959    Yosemite Valley
1958    The Islands of Hawaii
1956    Basic Photo Series 5
1954    Death Valley, Mission San Xavier del Bac and The Pageant of History in Northern California.
1952    Basic Photo Series 4.
1950    Basic Photo Series 3 and My Camera in Yosemite Valley. Issues Portfolio 2.
1948    Photo Series I: Camera and Lens and 2: The Negativeand Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, and issues Portfolio I.
1946    Illustrated Guide to Yosemite Valley
1941    Michael and Anne in Yosemite Valley
1938    Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail.
1935    Making a Photograph: An Introduction to Photography.
1930    Taos Pueblo
1927    Publishes first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras.