Celebrating Ansel Adams: Tweetable Facts About the Famed Nature Photographer
There are few more recognizable photographic styles than that of Ansel Adams. His portfolio of intensely beautiful, black-and-white photographs not only impresses viewers with an appreciation of America’s natural beauty, but also with a necessity to preserve that beauty for future generations.
February 20, 2013 marks the 111th anniversary of his birth, and to honor the famed black-and-white photographer, we’re sharing six interesting facts about his life from the Sierra Club—and hope you’ll share them too by clicking the [Tweet it] button that follows each fact.
- Ansel Adams’ appreciation of nature was born playing in the dunes by the Golden Gate Bridge. [Tweet it]
- Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite at 14—three months before the founding of the National Parks Service and Yosemite’s designation as such. [Tweet it]
- At 17, Ansel Adams’ first job with the Sierra Club was as a custodian of the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park. [Tweet it]
- Ansel Adams served on the Sierra Club Board of Directors for 37 pivotal years. [Tweet it]
- Ansel Adams’ early photographs were used by the Sierra Club to lobby Congress to designate certain areas of America’s land as a National Park. [Tweet it]
- Ansel Adams was awarded the Conservation Service Award, the Department of the Interior’s highest civilian honor, in 1968. [Tweet it]
In the words of William Turnage: “More than any other influential America of his epoch, Adams believed in both the possibility and the probability of humankind living in harmony and balance with its environment.” Happy birthday, Ansel!