Ansel Adams Collection

In addition to creating some of the world’s most compelling photos, world renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams was devoted to protecting wilderness.

About Ansel Adams

Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades.

Throughout his distinguished career as a photographer, Adams photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite . He is one of the world’s best-known landscape photographers.

Learn more about former Wilderness Society council member Ansel Adams.

 

About the Collection

Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. We received subsequent gifts, bringing our collection to 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman.

Want to know more? See a list of works on display in the Ansel Adams collection.

About The Wilderness Society Gallery Space

Today, the collection of original Ansel Adams photographs is now housed in a refurbished gallery on the first floor of The Wilderness Society’s national headquarters building, located at 1615 M Street NW Washington, D.C.
The refurbished gallery space was designed by Aleksandar Jocic of the architectural firm of Group Goetz Architects  and gallery consultant, Cynthia Reed. The gallery space was the recipient of a 2010 Merit Award for Interior Architecture from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The gallery was also featured in the winter 2011 edition of Architect DC magazine.

Plan your visit

The Wilderness Society welcomes visitors on weekdays to experience the majesty and wonder of Ansel Adams’ incredible images. For location, hours and other details, see our visitor information.

Host an Event at the Ansel Adams Collection

The Ansel Adams Collection in The Wilderness Society gallery space is available to you to host your event.
Learn more about hosting an event at the Ansel Adams Collection.

Contact information

To contact The Ansel Adams Collection at The Wilderness Society, please email anseladams@tws.org or call 202-833-2300.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Next week, Americans across the country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most effective conservation laws, the Wilderness Act.  Signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Act was a historic achievement for federal public lands protection, marking the beginning of an era in which the American people are empowered by Congress to propose protection of special wild places, watersheds, wildlife habitat, and outstanding recreational opportunities like hunting, fishing, camping and hi

  • Michael Reinemer
    The Wilderness Society today praised Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for introducing important legislation that would conserve more than 58,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s Eagle and Summit Counties including approximately 40,000 acres of wilderness and more than 18,000 acres as special management areas.  
     
  • Michael Reinemer
    To mark the 50th year since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964, the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment and The Wilderness Society will host a conference on September 4 and 5 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50” will feature prominent authors, professors, historians, activists and Colorado’s poet laureate.