The 11 Best Ansel Adams Landscape Photos

Saguaro National Monument Arizona black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Saguaro National Monument Arizona

Since the age of 14, when he was given his first camera, Ansel Adams has photographed the best qualities of nature. He specialized in black-and-white landscape photography, and occasionally worked with other landscape photographers such as Paul Strand in 1930 when they formed the collective “Group f.64”.

Ansel Adams participated in the Sierra Club and acted as a custodian of Yosemite National Park for a short period of time. During his tenure he launched staunch criticism of various commercial activities occurring inside the park. He adored Yosemite, declaring it as a sort of spiritual hospice. He once stated: “Yosemite is a somewhat fragile experience; you cannot do much harm to the cliffs but you can dislocate the ‘mood’ and the subtle qualities of the place which are without parallel in the world.” His conservationist love for nature triumphed over his loyalty to the Sierra Club and he quit the organization in order to protest planned commercial development within the vicinity of Yosemite (although it should be noted that he quit the Sierra Club in order to avoid embarrassing it, not over any disagreements or internal politics).

Inspired by the beauty of nature, Ansel Adams photographed majestic landscapes and portrayed the magic of natural environments. In doing so, he helped define fine art photography and photographic realism. Browse his beautiful photographs and discover what made him a famous photographer. 

Canyon de Chelly black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Canyon de Chelly National Monument 

Snowstorm Oak Tree at Yosemite National Park, 1948 photo by Ansel Adams

Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, 1948

Tetons and the Snake River at Grand Teton National Park, c. 1942 black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Tetons and The Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, c.1942

Half Dome, Merced River, Yosemite in the Winter season photo by Ansel Adams

Half Dome, Merced River, Winter

Oak Tree in Sunset City California black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Oak Tree, Sunset City, California, 1932

Mount McKinley mountain range in Denali Alaska black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Mt. McKinley Range, Clouds, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1948

Pool in Pleasure Park black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Pool in Pleasure Park

Yosemite Half Dome with Moon in the Sky 1960 black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960

Pine trees in snow forest at Yosemite National Park 1932 black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Pine Forest in Snow, Yosemite National Park, 1932

Rose and Driftwood San Francisco black and white photo by Ansel Adams

Rose and Driftwood, San Francisco, California

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