Ansel Adams – The Tetons and the Snake River


This photograph of the Tetons and the Snake River was taken by Ansel Adams in 1942. Why is this particular photograph historic? It isn’t a necessarily historic photograph on its own, but as part of Adams’ corpus, I think it represents his mastery of Black and White photography quite well. As a practicing photographer since 1980, I have seen many, possibly most, of Adams’ published photographs, and this is one of my favorites.

Ansel Adams is famous, at least among photographers, as one of the developers of the Zone System, a method of exposing, developing, and printing photographs in order to control the scene’s dynamic range in the final positive image.