Contains 26 black and white
photographic prints taken by Ansel Easton Adams. Date of creation of photographs is unknown,
although notations on back of some photographs indicate they were taken prior to 1936.
Photographs include nature and landscape scenes; portraits; and city scenes of San
Francisco. There are two sets of photographs showing murals by Diego Rivera and Gottardo
Piazzoni. Also includes two photographs Adams took for the American Trust Company.
Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco on February 20, 1902. Adams started
photographing nature scenes around 1919 while a Sierra Club member. In 1927 Adams came under
the patronage of Albert M. Bender, who helped Adams publish his first portfolio. Widely
known as a photographer of natural landscapes, most especially for his images of the Sierra
Nevada and Yosemity Valley, Adams was also an environmental perservationist. In 1974 Adams
had a major retrospective exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Adams died
in Monterey, California on April 22, 1984.
2.60 Linear Feet;
1 half legal document box and 1 flat box
The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust (AAPRT) holds copyright to all works by Ansel
Adams. For copyright clearance and permission to use images from the Ansel Adams photographs
held at the California Historical Society. For information about obtaining permission please
see the Center for Creative Photography.
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