Tenaya Lake Clouds by Ansel Adam is the first work of photography that was donated and registered into the national collection courtesy of the late Dato Loke Wan Tho. It is among the earliest works by American photographer that is put under the care of the National Art Development Board of Malaysia since 1963.



Ansel Adams founded an association of fellow photographers that promoted on making sharp focus and full tonal range photographs. Together with another photographer, Fred Archer, they developed a method of image-making called Zone System. The technique allows for desired final print through profound technical approach of how tonal range is recorded and developed whilst the process of image exposure, negative development, and printings were done.

As a key advisor, Adams established the photograph’s department in Museum of Modern Art in New York. He helped in staging its first exhibition as well as the production of photography magazine, Aperture. Furthermore, he co-founded the Centre for Creative Photography at University of Arizona. These establishment became an important milestone for photography’s institutional legitimacy as of today.

Besides, Ansel Adams was also a life-long environmental conservation advocate. In 1980, he was awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom due to his work with United States Department of the Interior in the making of photographs of national park in which later on facilitated in the expansion of the park’s system.

Adams passed away on April 22, 1984 from a cardiovascular disease at the age of 82. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered on the Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.