Known for his iconic images of the American West, Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer who helped establish photography as a fine art. His more widely known black and white photographs featured Yosemite National Park, which was the site where he discovered his love for photography. His family (originally from Ireland) moved to San Francisco, California, where he was born, from New England. He was a hyper child who was expelled from multiple schools for bad behavior and instead tutored by family members. Ansel’s father inherited a prosperous lumber business, which Ansel would soon come to condemn. As an environmental activist who used his works to promote wilderness conservation, Ansel could never agree with his father’s role in redwood forest depletion. Ansel married into a family with a successful art studio, which remains in California today as the Ansel Adams Gallery.