Ansel Easton Adams  (February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist. Adams began to photograph professionally in 1930, and in 1932 was a founding member of the f/64 group in San Francisco, California. In 1940 he created the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, along with Beaumont Newhall and David McAlpin.



From 1942 to 1944 Adams acted as the photographic adviser to the United States Army and photographed at the Manzanar Relocation Center. In 1944, his work from this project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and published in the book, Born Free and Equal. In 1962 Adams moved to Carmel, California where he founded the Friends of Photography in 1967. He continued to document the landscape of the American West.