Ansel Adams, one of the most famous nature photographers since the camera was invented, was also a lifelong conservationist. Not only did he want to capture the beauty of nature on film, he wanted to protect it for years to come.
Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California on February 20, 1902. His intended career was to be a pianist but in 1916, after visiting Yosemite National Park, photography became a passion and today he is best known for his amazing B&W photographs of the American West.
Starting out as a photo technician, he later went on to accomplish great things. In 1932, he had his first notable one-man show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Other achievements include working as a photographic consultant to Polaroid and Hasselblad, displaying his work in a one-man show in the New York gallery of Alfred Stieglitz, opening The Ansel Adams Gallery, serving as president of the Sierra Club (an organization dedicated to protecting the natural environment of the Sierra Nevada), developing the "zone system", and creating many publicized books.
Ansel Adams married Virginia Best in 1928, had two children, and passed away on April 22, 1984.