This is an enthusiastic survey of Ansel Adams varied career from commercial photographer to avant garde modernist and finally standard bearer of pure photography His well known photographs of America s national parks featured in this volume are remarkable for their timeless celebration of the nation s unblemished landscape Ansel Adams was an artist and conservationist, a visionary and pragmatist The extraordinary work of Ansel Adams artist and conservationist, visionary and pragmatist is a permanent record of America s wild beauty achieved by a man whose own nature was as immutable as the earth he loved