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Ansel Adams

(San Francisco, CA, 1902 - 1984, Carmel, CA)
United States
<p>The significance of Ansel Adams&#39s influence on 20th century photography cannot be overstated. When presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Jimmy Carter observed: <q>Drawn to the beauty of nature&#39s monuments, Adams is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution.</q> Adams grew up in the Seacliff neighborhood of San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands. Throughout his life, California&#39s natural beauty never ceased to thrill him. This reverence was infectious. His photographs of such settings as Yosemite and Carmel would become ubiquitous sights in living rooms, board rooms, and dorm rooms across the world, as well as in major museums.</p> <p>In 1932 Adams joined with Edward Weston and Immogen Cunningham to found Group f/64 emphasizing precisely exposed images of natural forms and found objects. Although the partnership was short-lived it was to influence photography for decades to come, their mantra being to move photography away from interpretation toward pure photography as they called it, <q>possessing no qualities of technique, composition or ideas, derivative of any other art-form.</q></p> <p>In 1965 Ansel and his wife, Virginia, settled in Carmel Highlands. Here he devoted the remainder of his years primarily to printing the backlog of negatives that had accumulated over forty years. He died at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in 1984. Virginia Adams gifted a major portfolio of her husband-€™s work to MMA in honor of her friend Maggi Weston.</p> <p>Photo by Edward Weston. Ansel Adams (by Garage Door), 1943, gelatin silver print.</p> <p>&copy; Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents</p>


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