Ansel Adams: a Legend Is Born

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A Legend Is Born: An Analysis of Ansel Adam’s Photograph, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California.

The word “Imagine” was a whole new meaning in the late 1950s, artists worked towards their photographs to tell a story to the entire world. They combined imagination and stories to form something known to us as a “Photograph”. An Inspiration, whose art captured the imagination of millions of ordinary people? Ansel Adams - a world famous, renowned American Photographer and an Environmentalist who is best known for his black and white landscape photographs of the West of America. He was born on February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco, California (“Ansel Adams”). In 1916, at the age of 14, he convinced his family to go on a vacation to Yosemite after reading the book, In the Heart of the sierras by J.M.Hutchens. On the way to the trip he received his first camera, a Kodak Brownie box. He returned to photograph the park every year here onwards. In 1917, his neighbor who had a photo finishing business hired him as a “darkroom monkey’’, which allowed him to learn how to develop photographs. In 1927, Adams first portfolio was produced, which included the world famous image Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. Later Adams work became more established, 1930 onwards, forming the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (“Ansel Adams”). Taken from Ansel Adams’s first portfolio, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome; captures the feeling and atmosphere of the scene through the photo’s medium, form and subject matter.
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