“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” — Ansel Adams
Black and white landscape photography is almost synonymous to Ansel Adams, an American environmentalist and photographer who was associated with photography terms such as the Group f/64, pictorialism, visualization, and zone system.
Adams used large-format cameras and his photographs are widely known to heavily rely on careful composition, darkroom craftsmanship, sensitivity to tonal balance, very sharp focusing and heightened contrast, and accurate exposure.
He was a pioneer in wilderness preservation and, at the same time, he promoted photography as an art form. He once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words — and this is evident and true to his own scenic photographs.
So just sit back, relax, and let these best photographs by Ansel Adams speak for themselves.
Which of these Ansel Adams photographs strike your liking the most? What other classic photographers would you like to be written about?
basterda is a member of the Lomography team in Manila. She has been dealing with your Customer Service concerns since August of 2010 and is now also contributing to the magazine. Influential Photographs is also one of her ongoing series for the Lifestyle section.