About Ansel Adams

Born in 1902 in San Francisco, California, photographer and environmentalist Ansel Easton Adams is considered one of the foremost figures in the history of American photography, and a leader in the field of conservation photography.  His legacy is profound.  A tireless promoter of his medium, Ansel helped usher photography unquestionably into the art world with achievements such as the codification of the Zone System, the launch of Aperture magazine, several exhibitions at the nation’s top art museums, and the founding of Photography Departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Art Institute.  Aware of the power and potential of his art, he used his images to instigate positive change on behalf of the environment.  Ansel passed away in 1984 at the age of 82.