Happy Birthday, Ansel!


Ansel Adams 1950
By J. Malcolm Greany - Unknown source See Ansel Adams. Yosemite National Park. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved on February 28, 2019., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9481644

Ansel Adams was born on this date, February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California, before there was a bridge across the Golden Gate. He was a founder of the F64 group of photographers who believed in showcasing photography's strengths of detail and realism as an art form. Ansel was also a great teacher and along with Fred Archer created the Zone System of exposure, film processing and printing to ensure he could reliably capture and print all the shades of gray in the scene as he envisioned it.

If you would like an introduction to how Adams thought about his pictures as he created them, I recommend his book Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs. It includes great behind-the-scenes stories of how he made many of his iconic images.