Ansel Adams was an American photographer known for his black and white landscape photographs, particularly of the American West. He was born in 1902 in San Francisco and grew up in the city’s Golden Gate Park. Adams began taking photographs at a young age and developed a passion for the medium. He became interested in photography as a means of documenting the natural beauty of the American West and spent much of his career traveling and photographing the landscape.
Adams was a pioneer of fine art photography and is widely recognized as one of the greatest photographers in history. He was a member of the prestigious group of photographers known as the “f/64 Club,” which included other notable photographers such as Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. Adams was also a founding member of the American Society of Photographers and served as its president for many years.
Throughout his career, Adams received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists by the United States government, and the Conservation Service Award, which is given by the Department of the Interior in recognition of exceptional contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural resources. In addition, Adams’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and his photographs are held in numerous public and private collections.