Ansel Adams American, 1902-1984


One thing that remains true throughout the entirety of Ansel Adam’s photographic portfolio is his unique vision of his native homeland, California.  Each image captures the absolute and sublime beauty of nature in an eternal form, intensifying and purifying it, and making it possible for humans to keep this moment with them indeterminately.  Adams was an active member of the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society.  He and Nancy Newhall, a fellow photographer, collaborated to create historically significant books and exhibitions, such as This is the American Earth, and through their documentation were able to fuel the inspiration for the first serious environmental movement in the United States.


The Sierra Club

The Wilderness Society


Smithsonian Institution, 1931

An American Place, New York (solo exhibition), 1936

The Eloquent Light, retrospective exhibit of photographs from 1923-1963, de Young Museum, California, 1963

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1972

Museums and Public Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

University of Arizona, John P. Schaefer Center for Creative Photography

University of California at Berkeley, Bancroft Library

The Yosemite Museum

Request information

Please notify me when works by Ansel Adams become available.