Adams Ansel Easton

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geboren in San Francisco (USA)

Ansel Easton Adams was born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, the only child of Charles and Olive Adams. He married Virginia Best of Yosemite Park. He moved from Yosemite to his family home in San Francisco and finally to Carmel Highlands, where he lived close to the sea. He leaves his wife and his children, Michael, a physician and manager of the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, and Ann A. Helms, president of Museum Graphics in Redwood City.
Ansel received numerous honors, of which he especially prized the Presi-dential Medal of Freedom. His friend, President Carter, said in presenting it in 1980, "At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country' s wild and scenic areas both in film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature' s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a na-tional institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans."
He was a member of the American Alpine Club from 1929 to 1938 and a director of the Sierra Club from 1934 to 1971. David R. Brower, Edward Weston and he went on a pack trip together. From this friendship came the exhibit format of photo books. From Ansel's book, Sierra Nevada, sprang the idea of the National Park status for the John Muir Trail. He was also important in the Wilderness Society. He has been remembered by Congress' naming the Minaret Wilderness for him in 1984. His name is proposed for a jagged peak on the Sierra crest dividing Yosemite from his Wilderness.
Quelle: The American Alpine Journal Volume 27, 1985, Seite 371-372

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