Thursday, March 14, 2019
The Life of Ansel Adams :: Photography Photographers Essays
The spiritedness of Ansel AdamsPresident Jimmy Carter, in presenting Ansel Adams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, best describes the intent and work of Ansel Adams. At one with the power of the American grace, and renowned for the patient role skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to protect this countrys wild and scenic areas, both on film and on earth. worn-out to the beauty of characters monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans. Ansel Adams has long been hailed as a master of photography. Environmentalist and photographer, he was born February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco California to Charles Hitchcock Adams. He was the grandson of a wealthy timer baron and he grew up in the sand dunes of the Golden Gate Bridge. His familys fortune d iminished during the financial fear of 1907 and his father Charles spent the rest of his life trying to rebuild it. In 1906 at the age of 4, Ansel was thrown to the ground during an aftershock of the great San Francisco earthquake and stone-broke his nose, scarring him for life in the process. This physical characteristic along with a innate shyness also led to the young Ansel having problems in fitting in at school. After trying several schools with little success, his parents took him out of chief(prenominal) stream schooling in 1915 and Ansel received home tutoring from an aunt and his father. As a result of not attending school, the young Adams had a crowd more time to himself and he used much of this time on long walks around the Golden Gate area. It was here that his life-long love of nature grew and it was perhaps this that put him on his path to becoming a landscape photographer. In 1916 there was an different event that was to be pivotal in shaping Adams future. On a family vacation to Yosemite National Park, California his parents gave him a Kodak Box Brownie camera. He was to return to Yosemite again every yr for the rest of his life. This summer I had the opportunity to live where many of these Yosemite and other pictures were taken. One of his most famous photographs was of the many curves of the Snake River, with the picturesque high-sounding Teton Mountains in the background.