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Ansel Adams

An presentation of why Ansel Adams, the great photographer, should be considered genius.

Carrie Smith

on 9 February 2014

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Transcript of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams' Genius
Photo: Ansel Adams, The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942
A Mini Biography
Born Feb 20, 1902 in San Francisco, CA
Grandfather founded lumber business (Adams condemned business for deforestation)
Dismissed from several schools for bad behavior
Began experimenting with photography in 1916
Did majority of famous photography 1929-1942
Died on April 22, 1984 in Monterey, California
Ansel's Contributions
The Zone System
The Dark Room Techniques
The concept of visualizing the complexity and potential of a scene before the photo has been taken; this allows the photographer to focus on the desired lighting, editing, and direction of the photo.
Zone System
Formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930s (Eftaiha).
Guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that throw off your camera’s metering (Eftaiha).
Works of Genius
So Why Is Ansel Adams Genius?
Works Cited
Dark Room Techniques
“The negative is the score, the print is the performance,” (Rand93).
His darkroom process was unique and totally his own style.
A process that Ansel created by studying chemistry and lighting.
"Ansel Adams." American Experience. PBS: 2002. DVD.

Adams, Ansel, and Robert Baker. The Print. Boston: Little, Brown, 1983. Print.

Adams, Ansel, and Robert Baker. The Negative. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1981. Print.

"Ansel Adams." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Apr 23 2013, 04:26http://www.biography.com/people/ansel-adams-9175697.

Cram, Christopher (06/01/2012). "Digital Cinema: the Role of the Visual Effects Supervisor.". Film history (New York, N.Y.) (0892-2160), 24 (2), p. 169.

Eftaiha, Diana. "Understanding & Using Ansel Adam’s Zone System." Phototuts RSS. Envato, 20 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.

Hughes, Robert. "Master Of The Yosemite Photographer Ansel Adams Is The Grand Old Man Of A Still Young Art." Time 114.10 (1979): 36. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.

Silber, Marc. "Ansel Adams Explains The Key to a Photograph in Rare Footage | SilberStudios." SilberStudios RSS. SilberStudios, 13 May 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.
Autumn Moon, the High Sierra from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, 1948
Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1927.
Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, 1938
Moonrise over Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944-1
Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, 1940
Yosemite Valley Thunderstorm, 1949
Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 1937
An accomplishment, movement, or work that is so great it impacts society and culture in present and future. A quality or ability that the tenacious
and creative seem to embody. It clearly stands paramount to “great” in it’s splendor.
Our Definition:
Audio and Visual Sources
PBS American Experience Provided by You Tube

Kat Smith's Voice Over:
Kat Smith with Kat Smith Photography

Ansel Adams' Voice Over:
Marc Silber Studios, Marc's Mini Video Tips



Background Music:
Intro by The XX
Jaguar by Mogwai
Portugal by Mogwai
Voice of Ansel Adams on Previsualitation
Voice of Kat Smith owner of
Kat Smith Photography
Presentation By:

Cody Brown, Leo Ivey,
Nikki Kurisu, David Koch,
Carrie Smith and Taylor Thiem
Ansel Adams, through the genius of previsualization and the zone system, transformed photography into an art form and permanently changed the way we perceive and create photography today.
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