Presentation on theme: "By: Erik Thorsheim. Biography Born Ansel Easton Adams Feb 20, 1902 San Francisco, California Died April 22, 1984 (Monterey Ca.) Married to Virginia Rose."— Presentation transcript:
Biography Born Ansel Easton Adams Feb 20, 1902 San Francisco, California Died April 22, 1984 (Monterey Ca.) Married to Virginia Rose Best
Early Life Upper class only child Remembers great San Fran earthquake 1906 Unhealthy childhood: hyperactive, frequently sick Early interest in natural world At 12, was pulled out of school, homeschooled Close to father, distant from mother Played piano: it offered structure and discipline to his life
Early Photo Career Loved Yosemite National Park First visited it with his family in 1916 Was apprentice of a San Francisco photo finisher Joined Sierra Club at age 17 First published photo was 1921 of Yosemite.
Style & Period Best known for black and white Landscape photography of west Advocate for environmental awareness Secured photography as dominant art form
Artistic Influences Said he wasn’t directly influenced by anyone BUT! Worked in the style of… Thomas Cole Frederic Church Albert Bierstadt Carlton Watkins Eadweard Muybridge
Impact on Photography Co-founded “Group f/64” with Edward Weston, Van Dyke, and Cunningham. Pioneered zone system with Fred Archer (giving better control over finished photos) Advocated previsualization (imagine image and goals)
Achievements Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom The Tetons and the Snake River was selected for Voyager Golden Record Doctorate of arts from Harvard and Yale California Hall of Fame member
References Adams, Ansel, Andrea Gray. Stillman, and William A. Turnage. Our National Parks. Boston: Little, Brown, 1992. Print. Adams, Ansel, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Adam D. Weinberg, Allison N. Kemmerer, and John R. Stilgoe. Reinventing the West: The Photographs of Ansel Adams and Robert Adams. Andover, MA: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 2001. Print. Alinder, Mary Street. Ansel Adams: A Biography. New York: H. Holt, 1996. Print.