Monday, May 11, 2009
Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 and was mostly famous for his black and white pictures portraying the American west. He developed a very effective system called the zone system and it determined the contrast and sharpness of the final image. He and other photographers founded a group called f/64 and created the museum of modern art's department of photography. The group they formed espoused pure of straight photography and gives great depth of field. Adams was awarded the Presidental medal of Freedom which is nation's highest civilian honor. His photo The Tetons and the Snake River was recorded on the Voyager Golden Record aboard the spacecraft itself along with 115 others. Ansel Adams led a wonderful life full of beautiful photography but sadly died on April 22, 1984 of heart failure. His photography shaped the world's view of western photography and landscape photos and he will never be forgotten for that.