The future genius of photography was born on February 20, 1902 in the state of California. His father was a hereditary industrialist. In 1906, Adams, at the age of four, fell into the range of the strongest earthquake in American history. The boy could not rest on his feet after the tremor and unsuccessfully fell, hitting his head on the wall of the barn. As a result of this incident, he broke his nose, which remained twisted for life.
In 1916, his father gave Adams the first camera. It was an apparatus manufactured by Kodak Box Brownie. He allowed to make a hundred shots using paper-based film. The young man immediately began enthusiastically taking pictures, creating the first photographs in the Yosemite Valley, in the territory of the National Park.
Until the beginning of the 1930s of the last century, Adams could not decide on the type of activity - he was torn between music and photography. In 1927, he met with philanthropist Albert Bender, with whose support the first portfolio of the young photographer was compiled. Reviews of the pictures included in it were very flattering, however, Adams made the final choice in favor of photography only in 1930, when he got acquainted with the work of Paul Strand.
In 1933, Adams went to New York. There a significant meeting took place for him with the famous photographer and owner of several galleries Alfred Stiglitz. He was so impressed by the work of his talented colleague that in the same 33rd year he organized an exhibition of his photographs in New York. From this event began the period of world-wide fame of Adams.
By the beginning of the 1940s, the master reached a high technical level of development, thanks to which he gained authority not only among viewers and critics, but also among professional photographers. It got to the point that even the manufacturers of photo equipment asked for his help. So, the master took part in the Polaroid and Hasselband projects, acting as a consultant.
In 1946, Adams discovered a new direction in his professional career - he created the first faculty of photographic art in America. As a leader, the famous master of photography, Minor White, was invited.
Ansel Adams was not only a brilliant photographer, but also an ardent defender of nature, in close contact with whom he spent his whole life. Perhaps this is precisely what helped him convey the beauty of the surrounding species in the pictures. The master had a unique artistic taste, which made it possible to obtain a perfect composition in the frame. He did not favor color photography and removed most of his masterpieces on black and white film.
Adams's shooting technique was at a very high level - he always said that before using the equipment, you need to study the boundary of its capabilities. This genius worked out perfectly - he wrote a dozen books on the technique of photography and was considered a great authority in this area.
The Ansel Adams Zone Theory, which the master formulated at the beginning of his career, is still used by photographers around the world. It is thanks to the combination of exquisite artistic taste and masterly mastery of the camera that Ansel Adams became one of the best landscape painters of all time.