Ansel AdamsAmerican (San Francisco, California, 1902 - 1984, Carmel, California)
Oak Tree, Snow Storm, Yosemite, from Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints
From the time he first visited Yosemite National Park at the age of 14, Ansel Adams was enraptured by its natural beauty and varied terrain. As an adult he made the park his second home, living and working there all or part of each year. He met his wife, Virginia Best, in Yosemite; when her father died, they took over his concession in the park, Best Studios (renamed the Ansel Adams Gallery in the 1970s).
Throughout his long career, Adams shot a wide range of subjects in Yosemite, including trees, mountains, waterfalls, flowers, and rocks. In its theatricality and profuse detail, this dramatic composition of a snow-covered tree is typical of his mature style.