Born to parents Charles and Olivia Adams, he was the only child and was named after his uncle Ansel Easton.
The Life of Ansel Adams
The Music Begins
Music finally begins to interest him therefore Adams teaches himself how to play the piano.
Adams despised the regimentation of a regular education, and was taken out of school. For that year, his father buys him a season pass to the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which he visits nearly every day. Private tutors provide further instruction.
The Music Continues
Adams studies the exhibits at the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Here, his interest in music becomes his main focus. He realized his photographic memory which helped him learn to read music.
Yosemeti National Park
While on a trip to the Yosemeti National Park, Adams father gave him his first introduction to the world of photography by giving him his first Kodak Brownie box camera.
Photographic skills developed
Adams returned to the Yosemite National Park with a better camera and a tripod. He learned basic darkroom techniques and developed skills to photograph at high altitudes and under difficult weather conditions.
Adams joins the Sierra Club in order to preserve the natural world wonders and resources.
First photographs published
Contracts first portfolio.
Adams marries Virginia Best.
This time Adams decided to do his portfolio with Mary Austin.
Becomes completely dedicated to photography after meeting photographer Paul Strand. Publishes Taos Pueblo.
Adams has his first solo museum exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. He had an exhibition of 60 prints.
Becomes the Co-founder of this photography group
Opens his own gallery in San Francisco.
His First Book
Publishes "Making a Photograph: An Introduction to Photography"
His darkroom in Yosemite burns - and destroys 20 percent of his negatives.
Publishes "Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail."
Zone System of photography
Develops Zone System of photography - a technique of exposure and development control. Publishes Michael and Anne in Yosemite Valley.
Guide to Yosemite Valley
Recieves Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph national parks. Publishes Illustrated Guide to Yosemite Valley.