Adams is known not only for his photographs, but also for his books, including the trilogy “Camera”, “Negative”, “Print”.
From the age of 17, Adams was a member of the Sierra Club, which was engaged in the protection of natural monuments. This left an imprint on the theme of his photographs, as many of them were natural landscapes and were used in the work of the club.
Already in the 1930s, Adams published photobooks and opened his own exhibitions. And in 1932, together with his colleagues, he created the Group f / 64. This collective adhered to the principles of direct photography, being the opposition to pictorialism, which was also represented by Alfred Stieglitz.
During World War II, Adams’ most prominent work was a photographic essay on the history of Japanese Americans.
In addition to his cultural contribution, that is, his work, Adams developed a “zone system” that allows photographers to determine exposure and shutter speed for optimal midtone reproduction, and in 1946 he created the first department of photography at the California School of Art.
Among the famous works of the photographer are “The Teton Range and the Snake River”, and a collection of Fiat Lux with photographs of the University of California campus.