Ansel Adams: Artist Biography, Facts, Trivia, & More About This Legendary Photographer

Photographer Ansel Adams stands on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean. He adjusts the settings on his camera. (Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images)

Even if the name Ansel Adams doesn't sound familiar, you have no doubt seen some of his work. The American landscape photographer was famous for his dramatic black-and-white images of the country's majestic national parks, most notably Yosemite, which he used to advocate for the preservation of such wild lands in addition to showcasing the beauty of the American West.