Ansel Adams (February 20,1902-April 22,1982)
Ansel Adams used timing and location to make him one of the single most recognizable photographers by name. His sweeping views of the stunning Western United States won the appreciation of the vast majority of Americans.
Ansel was born February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California. When he was only 12 years old his father withdrew him from school. His parents were in their 50's by this time, and Ansel was being harassed about it at school. His father tought him basic arithmatic and English, as well as Piano and art.
In 1916 the Adams family took a trip to Yosemite National Park, during which Ansel was given a Kodak Brownie, his first camera. Shortly after that, in 1919, Ansel joined the Sierra Club. The Club was responsible for publishing some of his first works in a club newsletter.
In 1932 Ansel joined a group of photographers who called themselves f/64. They were dedicated to keeping photography looking like photography, not glossing over bits and pieces.
Some of the other photographers in the group were Willard Van Dyke, Jon Paul Edwards, Edward Welton, Henry Swift and Imogen Cunningham.
Adams was well known for his photos of the Sierra Nevadas and Yosemite. Working with Dorothea Lange, Adams created many image sets for Time Magazine and several others. He was also recognized for his coverage of the Japenese interment camps during WWII.