Today in History (1984): Ansel Adams Dies at 82


It has been exactly thirty years today since Ansel Adams, celebrated American photographer, passed away due to cardiovascular disease.

Ansel Adams. Photo via Rebeca Mendez 173: Shooting the Land

It goes without saying that Ansel Adams was, and remains to be, among the most influential photographers in history. Following a stint as a pianist, he eventually switched to photography as his profession for more than five decades. His sweeping, breathtaking black and white landscape photographs of the American West are both admired and served as inspiration to aspiring photographers then and now.

Some of Ansel Adams’ most famous photographs include Moon and Half Dome, Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite Valley, Thunderstorm, Point Sur Storm, and White House Ruin.

On April 22, 1984, Adams died of cardiovascular disease at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula near Carmel, California, where he and his family moved to after spending many years living at Yosemite. At the time of his death, Adams was survived by his wife Virginia, children Michael and Anne, and five grandchildren.

Now, in commemoration of Adams’ lasting legacy, let’s take a step back and learn more about the icon through these previous features that centered on him and his work:

Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)

*Best of the Best: Ansel Adams*

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” — Ansel Adams

Photo via Creative Photography

*American Masters: Ansel Adams*

This installment of American Masters looks back at the life and work of renowned American landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, who remains best known for his black and white photos of beautiful sceneries. We all like to dabble on landscape photography every now and then, so read on to learn more about the iconic landscape photographer after the jump!

Photo via Wikipedia

*Lessons from Photography Masters: Ansel Adams*

We know you’ve enjoyed learning from some of the most notable photographers throughout history, so we’re bringing back Lessons from Photography Masters, this time, focusing on one photographer at a time. Let’s begin with the words of wisdom from celebrated landscape photographer and conservationist, Ansel Adams.

Clearing Winter Storm by Ansel Adams via Frank Mercado Photography

*Influential Photographs: Clearing Winter Storm 1935, by Ansel Adams*

Having practiced his craft for nearly all his life, photography master Ansel Adams school us once again in the field of environmental photography.

“The Tetons and the Snake River” by Ansel Adams via Wikipedia

*Influential Photographs: The Tetons and the Snake River, 1942 by Ansel Adams*

Ansel Adams has been considered as one of the masters of landscape photography for his marvelous monochromes of the American West. Among his best known photos shows the breath-taking view of the Teton Mountain Range and the Snake River.

Lunch Stand, Burbank c.1940 © Ansel Adams

*Ansel Adams’ Los Angeles*

Life in black and white. Ever stopped to think what that would be like? Seventy years and a lot has changed. Take the landscape for example. Or the fashion sense. See these B&W photos of LA by Ansel Adams and feel the nostalgia.

Photo via Flavorwire

*Ansel Adams: Los Angeles in the 1940’s*

We know Ansel Adams for his photos of landscapes in black and white. Before that, he was a photojournalist who took assignments from publications. In the 1940’s, Fortune Magazine gave him an assignment to take photos of Los Angeles.

Photo via Retronaut

*Ansel Adams standing on a car deck and fiddling with a large format camera mounted on a tripod*

Behold, the master landscape photographer is preparing to take one of his epic nature photographs in glorious monochrome!

Photographs by Ansel Adams/Bancroft Library via PetaPixel

*Fine Prints by Ansel Adams Found*

A box containing around 600 prints by Ansel Adams was recently found in a University of California Berkeley Library.

All information in this article were sourced from The New York Times and Ansel Adams on Wikipedia.

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