More and more definition of art continues to manifest with the most recent one defining art as a manifestation of human creativity.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the distinction of different forms of art had been classifies in to nine categories. These include; film, comedy, painting, architecture, dance, sculpture, music, poetry and lastly photography. Other distinction that had been developed included the introduction of design and graphic arts in place of plastic and visual arts as well as the introduction of others terminologies advertising, television, video, performance, etcetera.
We shall therefore be placing more emphasis on the visual forms of art and more specifically the works of photography done by one Ansel Adams. His black and white classical photographs created a revolution in the field of photography. The paper will discuss the various elements of art used in his photographs as well as the meanings they convey. Clear definition of the artistic nature of photography will come out in this research.
Born and raised in a wealthy family in 1902, San Francisco, Ansel Adams was typically an ordinary young boy. His shy and introvert nature coupled with an attack by a hyperactive disorder forced him to undertake most of his learning at home. It was during his home learning lessons that he stumbled upon a book by James Mason that transformed his life completely.
The book fueled his love for nature and soon they relocated to Yosemite National Park where he managed to coin his skills in photography. Using his camera donated to him by his parents, he managed to capture breath taking pictures of the landscape in the park. It is these photographs that marked the beginning of an incredible lifetime artistic productivity. His first debut published photograph appeared at the Sierra Club bulletin where he worked as a caretaker at the time.
Later on in 1927, he received an award for his critically acclaimed image of a landmark in Yosemite