Ansel Adams, Photographer, Conservationist

“At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.”

President James E. Carter
Presenting Ansel Adams with the
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Ansel Adams in 1957


Here are some of our favorite articles by and about Ansel Adams. For more, see our News page.


Japanese-American Internment: Ansel Adams Exhibit Delayed 75 Years

In 1943 and 1944, Ansel Adams documented one of the darkest chapters in American history, the incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during WWII. The resulting exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, titled "Born Free and Equal," was met with considerable controversy, causing the closing of the exhibit and the destruction of the related books in 1945.

Ansel Encounters: Stories From Our Readers

Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham

Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, by Alan Ross

Over the years, we have heard many fun and entertaining stories about peoples’ encounters with Ansel and Virginia in Yosemite, Carmel, and elsewhere. Ansel Adams was a friendly, outgoing man who inspired many through his work and commitment to photography and conservation. In “Ansel Encounters,” we are collecting stories from our readers and sharing them with you. Share your story!

Read the latest stories from “Ansel Encounters