Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902-April 22, 1984) captured the American landscape in a way that no other photographer or visual artist has managed to replicate. His black and white photos, particularly of Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, California, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Carlsbad Canyons, the Boulder Dam, and many other natural landmarks have become woven into the nation’s collective memory and cultural heritage. Born and raised in California, Adams was an advocate of environmentalism, and often captured the majesty of nature in his portfolio. After enjoying success in the 1930s, Adams gained national recognition when the National Park Service commissioned him in 1941 to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior building in Washington, DC. Though the project was put on hold indefinitely due to the beginning of World War II, over 200 images remain in the National Archives, and have become some of the most beloved images in the history of photography.
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