Clouds surround the mountain in Ansel Adams’ “Mt. McKinley Range, Clouds, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1948.” Adams (1902 – 1984) transformed photography into a respected art form, creating a department devoted to it at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Dedicated to wilderness preservation, he used his powerful and poignant black and white images to inspire environmentalism.
Award-winning photographic artist and environmentalist, Ansel Adams’ career took off in 1941 when the U.S. government hired him to photograph the country’s national parks. His awe-inspiring works reveal his technical mastery and rank Adams among the world’s most acclaimed landscape photographers. His promotion of photography as fine art helped to establish a permanent photography department at the New York Metropolitan Museum. A staunch champion of wilderness preservation, Adams helped foster an environmental consciousness during his 37-year tenure on the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors.