Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, more than any other individual, brought Yosemite and the national park idea to the American people. His photographs, his letters, his lobbying of Congress, presidents and the National Park Service, spanned seven decades. They served, and still serve, to make millions aware of Yosemite’s beauty and to call attention to the dangers it faces. A craggy-faced man with a sharp nose bent slightly to the left, Ansel Adams was gracious, warm, and welcoming. He made close friends and kept them; he welcomed new friends into his life. He was focused, energetic, and filled with good humor – a master of the pun. He cared about people, he cared about his friends, and he cared passionately about Yosemite.