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Ansel Adams | American, 1902 - 1984

Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902. He began taking photographs in the High Sierra and Yosemite Valley, with which his name is permanently associated. He became a professional photographer in 1930. That year he published the first of many books of his photographs, Taos Pueblo. With Edward Weston and others he founded the Group f/64 in reaction against the painterly aesthetic popular at the time. He specialized in characteristic regional landscape, particularly of the Southwest, emphasizing the conservation of nature. Adams wrote numerous technical manuals, including the classic Basic Photo-Books series, and helped to found the first photographic art department of a museum at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. He began the first college department of photography (California School of Fine Art, 1946). Adams won two Guggenheim grants to photograph national parks and monuments. He published the first superb portfolio reproductions of his own and others' photographs.