“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.“
That’s only one of many great quotes about Ansel Adams’s photography. Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco, California, in 1902 and died in 1984. He was a US photographer and counts among the most popular and most important photographers in the world. He owes his popularity to his impressive landscape and nature photographs.
The majority of his works were created in the West of the United States, in particular in national parks. Throughout his life he actively supported the protection of national parks. Adams is the author of numerous course books dealing with photo technology. The Zone System, which was formulated by him and Fred Archer, was a pioneering achievement in artistic black and white photography. (The Zone System describes a photo technique to optimize the core influencing factors in the creation of single black and white negatives.) As a co-founder of the group f/64, he also counts among the pioneers in Straight Photography.
Only by reading the last sentences you can notice this guy’s incredible versatility, ranging from his work as an author to the co-foundation of a new trend in photography to his own artistic achievements. Starting in young age Adams already began taking photos. From 1920 until 1927 he worked as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park during the summer months. On his numerous expeditions he creates impressive landscape and nature photos. With these pictures he becomes very popular and discovers his great fascination by nature.
And it’s these photos, the pictures taken in his early period, which I’d like to present you here.