Childhood & YouthBorn in February 20,1902He was only child and named after hisuncle Adam Easton.His family owned prosperous lumberbusiness
He taught himself piano at the age of 12.Music became his main focus.For the next 12 years he continued toplay piano until he changed the pianofor photography.Playing the piano brought substance,discipline, and structure to hisfrustrating and erratic youth.
CareerHis first camera was given to him by hisfather.In 1927, he contracted his first portfolio,Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras.He’s first portfolio was a success with thesponsorship and promotion of AlbertBender.
Between 1929 and 1942, Adams’ workmatured and he became moreestablished.Adam expanded his wok, focusing ondetailed close-ups as well as large formsfrom mountains to factories.In 1930 Taos Pueblo, Adams’ secondportfolio, was published with text bywriter Mary Hunter Austin.
Adams’ love was nature.Yosemite and Sierra Nevada were theplaces he spent his time until he died.In 1927 he made his first fullyvisualized photograph, Monolith, theFace of Half Dome.
Though wilderness and the environmentwere his grand passions photography wascalling, he never made a creative photographspecifically for environmental purposes.Adam was often criticized for failing toinclude humans or evidence of humanityin his landscapes.Adams was the las and defining in theromantic traditional of nineteenth-centuryAmerican landscapes painting andphotography.
Contributions and InfluencesHe was influenced by romanticlandscape artists Albert Bierstadt andThomas Moran.Adams co-founded Group f/64 withother masters like EdwardWeston,Willard Van Dyke , and ImogenCunningham.
In 1966 a fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences.Adams’ photograph The Tetons and theSnake River has the distinction of beingone of the 115 images recorded of theVoyager Golden Record aboard theVoyager spacecraft.For Adams the natural landscape is notfixed and solid.
DeathAnsel Adams was confined to his bed forfour weeks after leg surgery to removetumor.He died in April 22,1984 at age of 82from a heart attack.He was survived by his wife, twochildren and five grandchildren
QuestionsWho gave him his first camera?In what year did he contract his firstportfolio?What was the name of the group he co-founded?When did he die?