Not fitting in at school and feeling selfconscious about his appearance, Adams led a somewhat reclusive childhood. Eventually, he left school and was tutored at home. He displayed early on an appreciation for nature and spent long hours exploring the wonders and wilds of the Golden Gate area.
His first photographs were taken in Yosemite with a Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie his parents had given him. Yosemite would become a favorite subject of his. His frequent visits, as well as his involvement with the Sierra Club, gave him ample opportunity to study and photograph its wonders.
Among those who influenced his work were Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. His first one-man show was presented by San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum in 1932. A year later, the Delphic Gallery gave him his first New York show. During the next fifty years, Ansel Adams established himself as one of America's greatest landscape photographers. He produced thousands of elegant and moving, technically flawless, black and white photographs of our most magnificent landscapes. He more than any other photographer promoted photography as an art form.
These are among Ansel Adams' celebrated photographs and prints: Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958; Half Dome, Merced River, Winter; Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960; Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain, Yosemite National Park, Ca 1948; Our National Parks; Mt. McKinley Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1947; Mt. McKinley Range, Clouds, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1948; Nevada Fall, Rainbow, Yosemite National Park, 1946; Trilogy I I I; Canyon de Chelly; Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941; Monolith, The face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1927; Pine Forest in Snow, Yosemite National Park, 1932; Oak Tree Sunrise; Rose and Driftwood, San Francisco, California; Birds on a Beach; Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 Authorized Edition; Yosemite National Park; Mt. McKinley Range; El Capitan, Winter Sunrise, Yosemite National Park, 1968; Oak Tree, Sunset City, California, 1932; The Tetons and the Snake River; Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park; Tenaya Lake, Mt. Conness, Yosemite National Park, 1948; Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, 1948; Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, 1944; The Scripps Pier; Nevada Fall; Redwoods, Founders Grove; Birds on a Beach; Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Park 1948; Range Clouds; Thunderheads; Pacific Vista; El Capitan, Winter; Tetons And Snake River; Thundercloud, Ellery Lake; Oaktree Sunrise. Books on Ansel Adams: Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs (Paperback) by Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams: An Autobiography (Hardcover) by Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. (www.aceswebworld.com)