Ansel Adams

Yosemite became a place that Ansel would visit frequently and held a place in his heart that would remain and that would inspire him. "From his first days with a camera, fourteen-year-old Ansel approached photography seriously.aE

In his early career, Ansel tried to emulate pictorialism. Pictorialism is photography that invoked the qualities of painting. True pictorialism had no heart in reality, but instead muted the truth of hard lines with soft focus, diffused light, and textured papers. As each year passed Ansel approached photography in a more serious manner. Ansel spent the majority of his teen years concentrating on photography and development. In a letter written to his aunt, on September 28, 1923, he declared that from that day forward he would seek to achieve the highest standards of art in his work, without compromise and following purely photographic standards.

Though intrigued with photography, in 1925, he decides that he wants to become a concert pianist and purchases the finest piano available. Ansel continues to take photographs and in 1927 he makes the photograph, Moonlith, the Face of Half Dome. Within a month of making this image, his musical



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