Today would have been Ansel Adams’ 111th birthday and I know it might seem strange to celebrate a famed photographer’s birthday in a feature dedicated to literature but given that a picture is worth a thousand words I’d consider Ansel Adams to be one of the greatest authors of all time.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ansel Adams’ genius I would suggest starting with Ansel Adams: Our National Parks or Ansel Adams: An Autobiography My dad bought me a copy of Our National Parks when I was just starting to get interested in photography and I remember being awestruck not only by the photos but by Adams’ storytelling abilities from behind the lens. Adams’ photos were able to capture the majesty and grandeur of The National Parks without loosing their natural beauty or connection to a greater story. The idyllic scenes Adam’s captured helped preserve some of our nations most beautiful landscapes and to this day are used to promote conservationism.
Who would you consider a great storyteller?