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Famous works
The Tetons and the Snake River
Monolith, the Face of Half Dome
Yosemite Valley Clearing Winter Storm


• got pulled out of private school at age of 12

• educated by private tutors (aunt & father)


• basically taught photographing himself

• he read photography magazines

• he attended camera club meetings

• he went to photography and art exhibits


• influenced by work of Paul Strand

• he was one of founders with Edward Weston & Imogen Cunningham of Group f/64

• members of group tended to use large cameras & small apertures to capture a wider range of different textures

Early Career

• 1927: produced his first portfolio in his new style Parmelian Prints of High Sierras

• it was a success, he earned nearly $3,900 with sponsorship & promotion of Albert Bender

• he received commercial assignments to photograph wealthy patrons who bought his portfolio

• he joined Roxburghe Club, he learned much about printing techniques, inks, design & layout

• at this time most of his darkroom work was still being done in basement of his parent’s home

Later Career

• 1963: produced a series of photographs of University’s campuses to commemorate its centennial celebration

• collection, Fiat Lux, was published in 1967, which is now in the Museum of Photography at University of California, Riverside

• 1974: Adams was guest of honor at Rencontres d’Arles

• Adams had major retrospective exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art

• during 1970s he spent much of his time curating & reprinting negatives from his vault

• President Jimmy Carter commissioned him to make the first official portrait of a president made by a photography


• honorary doctor degree from Harvard University, honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University

• 1968: Conservation Service Award by Department of the Interior

• 1980: Presidential Medal of Freedom

• 1963: Sierra Club John Muir Award

• 2007: inducted into California Hall of Fame

• 1981: Hasselblad Award


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