Adams taught himself to play the piano and read music at the age of twelve.Taking lessons became his substitute for formal schooling. Piano brought substance, discipline, and structure. This would profoundly inform his visual artistry. Ultimately he gave up music for photography. <br />
Minarets, Evening Clouds, California c.1937 <br />
He spent as much time as he could every year from 1916 until his death. From his first visit, Adams was transfixed and transformed from its beauty the evidence can only be seen in the beauty he captured in all of his photographs.In 1919 he joined the Sierra Club and spent four summers in Yosemite Valley, as "keeper" of the club's LeConte Memorial Lodge .<br />Hemethiswife, VirginiaBest, hereatYosemite. <br />
1922Adams first published photographs and writings appeared in the Sierra Club ‘s Bulletin.1927Adams made his first fully visualized photograph, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. 1928 Adams had his first one man exhibition at the Sierra Club’s San Francisco headquarters. 1934 Adams is elected to the Sierra Club’s board of directors. <br />Adams was a great artist <br />of Sierra Nevada and was known<br /> as a protector and defender of Yosemite. <br />
Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park c.1942<br />
Adams's life is the stuff of legends. Adams developed the famous and highly complex "zone system" of controlling and relating exposure and development. He produced ten volumes of technical manuals on photography. These books are known as the most influential books ever written on the subject of photography.<br />
The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming c.1942<br />
Some of Ansel Adams early video clipshttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/<br />http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/sfeature/sf_sierra.html<br />
Central Park and Skyscrapers, New York City c. 1945<br />
Records of the National Park ServiceAnsel Adams Photographs<br />http://www.archives.gov/research/ansel-adams/<br />
Nevada Fall, Rainbow, Yosemite Valley c. 1947<br />
more websites to check out: <br />http://www.anseladams.com/http://www.sierraclub.org/history/anseladams/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/peopleevents/p_aadams.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/peopleevents/p_aadams.htmlhttp://www.anseladams.com/aboutAAG.htmlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?articleID=64235962&c=y <br />
Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park c.1948<br />
Works cited: <br />“Sometimes I do …. --Ansel Adams –<br />Web sites :<br />Turnage, Robert. “Ansel Adams: The Role of the Artist in the Environmental Movement”. March 1980. The Ansel Adams Gallery. <br />http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/conservation.html<br />Turnage, William. “Ansel Adams, Photographer”. 2009. The Ansel Adams Gallery. <br />http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/anseladams_biography2.html<br />“Ansel Anecdotes: Perspectives on Moonrise.<br /> 2009. The Ansel Adams Gallery.<br />http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/ansel_ancedotes.html<br />
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