Ansel Adams Essay

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February 20, 1902, a photographer was born. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Ansel Easton Adams was the only child of New England parents, Charles Hitchcock and Olive Adams. Adams' father was a businessman, whose company included an insurance agency and chemical plant. Ansel took an interest in music at an early age. He selfly taught himself how to play the piano, and he enjoyed being around the surroundings of nature. Ansel attended both public and private school. At home his father gave him lessons in math and French.

	In 1915 when Ansel was 13, his father bought him a season pass to the Panama Pacific Worlds Fair, in which he visited annually. Ansel took much interest in the Armory Show exhibition. This
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This made it look like a painting. In 1932 Ansel helped start a group with other well known photographers of the twentieth century, to rebel against the soft-focus technique when taking pictures. The group was called Group f/64. Their name was symbolizing the small lens opening of the camera. What Ansel wanted were sharp details in his pictures that focused through the smallest aperture in the camera lens, which was f/64. Group f/64 was an informal group that lasted for two years. This group made a big difference for the direction of American photography.

	 In 1928 Ansel was an official photographer for the Sierra Club at the Jasper National Park in Canada. In 1932, Ansel opened the short-lived Ansel Adams Gallery for photography along with other arts. Ansel lectured and taught to make his living when his gallery was open.

He worked in advertising and began writing articles on photography for magazines. Some magazines he wrote periodicals for were Camera Craft, and Photographers on Photography. Ansel published the first manual on photographic techniques and equipment in 1935. Ansel's work for the first time, was exhibited in 1936. This was made possible by Alfred Steiglitz, who was a master photographer known as "a discoverer of genius." The exhibition was at Steiglitz's New York City Gallery, an American Place. This exhibition made Ansel the first young photographer to be shown by Steiglitz since 1917 with Paul Strand. In
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