Born: February 20, 1902, San Francisco, California
Died: April 22, 1984
Adams is perhaps one of the best-known names in art photography. He was an environmentalist, known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, most notably inYosemite national park. He was one of the developers of the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. This became a signature in identifying the look of his work. Adams founded the Group F/64 along with other photographers, which in turn created the Museum of Modern Art's department of photography. In 1941, Adams contracted with the Department of the Interior to make photographs of National Parks, Indian reservations, and other locations. In 1952 Adams with others founded the magazine Aperture, which was intended as a serious journal of photography showcasing its best practitioners and newest innovations.
Adams was instrumental in putting photography on the radar of collectors as a fine art medium.
Art Institute of Chicago
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Amon Carter Museum, Texas
Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
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