Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

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Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, an association of photographers advocating "pure" photography which favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of a photograph. He and Fred Archer developed an exacting system of image-making called the Zone System, a method of achieving a desired final print through a deeply technical understanding of how tonal range is recorded and developed during exposure, negative development, and printing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ansel Adams has received more than 18,031,828 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Ansel Adams is the 13th most popular photographer (down from 11th in 2019), the 1,402nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,086th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Photographer.

Ansel Adams is most famous for his black and white photographs of the American West.

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Among photographers, Ansel Adams ranks 13 out of 105Before him are Robert Doisneau, Vivian Maier, Helmut Newton, Heinrich Hoffmann, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Felice Beato. After him are André Kertész, Diane Arbus, Wilhelm von Gloeden, August Sander, Brassaï, and Gunter Sachs.

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Among people born in 1902, Ansel Adams ranks 49Before him are Max Ophüls, Prince George, Duke of Kent, Günther Anders, Princess Mafalda of Savoy, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and E. E. Evans-Pritchard. After him are David O. Selznick, Carlo Gambino, Ryuzo Shimizu, Mohammad Hatta, Oskar Morgenstern, and Takeichi Nishi. Among people deceased in 1984, Ansel Adams ranks 38Before him are Irwin Shaw, Yılmaz Güney, Jiro Miyake, Henri Michaux, Count Basie, and James Mason. After him are Moshé Feldenkrais, Oskar Werner, Brassaï, Janet Gaynor, Joseph Losey, and Hans Speidel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ansel Adams ranks 1,402 out of 15,968Before him are Ben Gazzara (1930), Elias James Corey (1928), Bernard Baruch (1870), Jaco Pastorius (1951), Robert Patrick (1958), and Edward Snowden (1983). After him are Lenny Kravitz (1964), David O. Selznick (1902), Dan Simmons (1948), Stephen Jay Gould (1941), Mike Portnoy (1967), and Snoop Dogg (1971).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Ansel Adams ranks 2Before him are Vivian Maier (1926). After him are Diane Arbus (1923), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Lewis Hine (1874), Richard Avedon (1923), Irving Penn (1917), Edward Weston (1886), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Berenice Abbott (1898), and Paul Strand (1890).