13 Historic Pictures

Ansel Adams is perhaps the most famous and recognizable photographer in American history. No person surpassed his technical mastery of film photography. Adam’s could take a picture of a white wall, and it would be the greatest picture of a white wall you’ve ever seen. He literally wrote the book on photography. His three tomes, The Camera, The Negative and The Print provide an encyclopedic explanation of film photography.

Adams started his photography career as a 14 year-old on a Yosemite vacation with his family in 1916. Adam’s father gave him a Kodak Brownie camera, and he made his first photographs on that vacation. The next year he returned with a better camera, and in the winter went to work for a photo finisher in San Francisco. By 1927 Ansel had produced his first portfolio of photography of scenes from the Sierra mountains. This first portfolio launched his career, and he would spend the next 60 years creating images of America’s iconic natural areas.

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Pine trees, snow covered mountains in background, “Burned area, Glacier National Park,” Montana.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “View of valley from mountain, “Canyon de Chelly” National Monument, Arizona.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “The Giant Dome, largest stalagmite thus far discovered. It is 16 feet in diameter and estimated to be 60 million years old. ‘Hall of Giants, Big Room,’ Carlsbad Caverns National Park,” New Mexico.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Taken at dusk or dawn from various angles during eruption. “Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park,” Wyoming.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Front view of entrance, “Church, Taos Pueblo National Historic Landmark, New Mexico, 1942.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Full view of cactus with others surrounding, “Saguaros, Saguaro National Monument,” Arizona.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Sheep “Flock in Owens Valley, 1941.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park,”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Roadway, low horizon, mountains, clouded sky, “Near (Grand) Teton National Park.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “”Grand Teton” National Park, Wyoming.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Close-up of leaves, from directly above, “In Glacier National Park,” Montana.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Close in View of Mountain Side, “From Going-to-the-Sun Chalet, Glacier National Park,” Montana.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Photograph from Side of Cliff with Boulder Dam Transmission Lines Above and Colorado River to the Left.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Photograph of Transmission Lines in Mojave Desert Leading from Boulder Dam.”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Full side view of adobe house with water in foreground, “Acoma Pueblo”

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “”The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.”