One of the greatest American photographers of the twentieth century, and a champion of wilderness conservation, Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984) was born and raised in San Francisco. A childhood visit to Yosemite Valley made a deep impression, and although he trained to be a concert pianist, Adams' love of nature and photography eventually won out. In 1930, he began his career as a commercial photographer, and set up a successful Geary Street studio. In the following years, Adams began to make a name for himself, and was soon known for his nature photography, notably his Yosemite, High Sierra and New Mexico work. In 1932 he formed the f/64 group with Edward Weston and others, dedicated to exploring the aesthetic potential of unmanipulated, straight-forward photography. In 1934 he was elected to the board of directors of the Sierra Club and began work on his influential technical manual "Making a Photograph".
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