Ansel Adams | The Art of Photography

By | January 4, 2015

Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902. Growing up in a wealthy, upperclass family, Adams first trained as a musician starting piano and composition lessons at the age of 12. One of his composition teachers was American composer Henry Cowell. As he became increasingly serious about his musical studies, Adams was pursuing a carer as a pianist in his early 20’s. As Adams states in his autobiography, his love for photography began during the family trips to Yosemite National Park. His first camera was a Kodak Brownie Box camera that his father gave him during one of these trips. Adams became more interested spending time working for a photo finisher in San Francisco and returning to Yosemite in the summer to capture more images. He spent much of his time reading photography magazines and becoming involved with local camera clubs. By the age of 19 Adams first formal photographs were published and the following year he began selling prints in his girlfriend Virginia’s family gallery called Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley. The studio was inherited by Virginia in 1935 and is still owned by the family today. It is now known as the Ansel Adams Gallery……

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