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Collection Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

Ansel Adams Chronology


  1. February 20, 1902

    Born in San Francisco, California.
  2. 1916

    First trip to Yosemite.
    First camera - Kodak No. 1 Box Camera.
  3. 1927

    Published his first photographic portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras.
  4. January 2, 1928

    Married Virginia Best.
  5. 1931

    Pictorial Photographs of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a one-person exhibition, opened at the Smithsonian Institution.
  6. August 1, 1933

    Son Michael born in Yosemite.
  7. 1934

    Elected to the Sierra Club Board of Directors.
  8. March 8, 1935

    Daughter Anne born in San Francisco.
  9. 1936

    Exhibited photographs at Alfred Stieglitz's An American Place Gallery.
  10. 1937

    Fire in Yosemite studio destroyed many of Adams's negatives.
  11. 1940

    Adams selected as vice chairman of the new photography department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    Organized A Pageant of Photography at the San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition.
  12. 1941

    Hired by the Interior Department to photograph national parks and monuments.
    Developed the Zone System of exposure.
    Photographed Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.
  13. 1943

    Photographed at Manzanar War Relocation Center.
  14. 1944

    Exhibited his photographs at the Manzanar Relocation Center.

    Published Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans.

    Exhibited Manzanar photographs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  15. 1946

    Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
  16. 1960

    This Is the American Earth published with text by Nancy Newhall.
  17. 1963

    Retrospective exhibition, The Eloquent Light, at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco (the largest exhibit of a single photographer ever held).

    Began three-year project to photograph the University of California system.

    Published Portfolio IV, What Majestic Word.
  18. 1971

    Resigned from Sierra Club board.
  19. 1979

    Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to produce the official portrait of President Jimmy Carter.
  20. 1980

    Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  21. April 22, 1984

    Died in Carmel, California.