Photos Taken by : Masha Shavrina & Asra Farid
Ansel Adam was born Feb 20, 1920, and he died on April 22, 1984. Ansel Adams was a photographer and an environmentalist. He was born in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Charles Hitchcock Adams, a businessman, and Olive Bray. The grandson of a wealthy timber baron, Adams grew up in a house set amid the sand dunes of the Golden Gate. When Adams was only four, an aftershock of the great earthquake and fire of 1906 threw him to the ground and badly broke his nose, distinctly marking him for life.
A year later the family fortune collapsed in the financial panic of 1907, and Adams’s father spent the rest of his life doggedly but fruitlessly attempting to recoup. Adams was a hyperactive and sickly child with few friends. Dismissed from several schools for bad behavior, he was educated by private tutors and members of his family from the age of 12.
Adams taught himself the piano, which would become his early passion. In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, he also began experimenting with photography. He learned darkroom techniques and read photography magazines, attended camera club meetings, and went to photography and art exhibits. He developed and sold his early photographs at Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley.
Adams’ professional breakthrough followed the publication of his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, which included his famous image “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.” The portfolio was a success, leading to a number of commercial assignments.
Between 1929 and 1942, Adams’ work and reputation developed. Adams expanded his repertoire, focusing on detailed close-ups as well as large forms, from mountains to factories. He spent time in New Mexico with artists including Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Strand. He began to publish essays and instructional books on photography.
During this period, Adams joined photographers Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans in their commitment to affecting social and political change through art. Adams’ first cause was the protection of wilderness areas, including Yosemite. After the internment of Japanese people during World War II, Adams photographed life in the camps for a photo essay on wartime injustice.
Title: Poppy Field at sunset
Photographer: Szilard Szabo
Subject Matter: Nature
Foreground & Middle ground: The poppies in the sunset
Background: The ray of sunshine brightening up the picture
The reason I choose this photo is because the way the photographer captured the sunlight hitting the poppies really made the picture extenuate a lot more. Also the sunset illuminates the poppies in a field near the highway.
Subject Matter: A close up of the girls eyes
Foreground & Middle Ground: The girls face
The reason I choose this photo is because I thought of a the saying “the eyes are the window to the soul”, and just by looking at her eyes you can tell she seems innocent.
Title: Nelsons Column
Subject Matter: A landmark being built
Foreground: The posters on the wall
Middle ground: The column being built
Background: Another landmark of UK
The reason I chose this photo is it was the most famous landmarks in the UK, it shows it under construction in April 1844.
Photographer: Jose Maria Cuellar
Subject Matter: The Coliseum
Foreground: The cars passing by on the highway
Middle ground: The Coliseum and the lights
Background: The sky at night
The reason I choose this picture is because i liked how the colors were very vibrant in this picture and how the photographer made the cars seem “invisible”.
Photographer: Dirck Halstead
Subject Matter: The 2 fighting
Foreground: The 2 fighters
Background: The lights (people taking photos)
The reason I chose this brutal photo is because Leon Spinks’ contorted face communicates the power of Ali’s punch, also Ali’s expression is also compelling – he looks some what savage in a way.