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Ansel Adams had an eye for nature

USPS will feature the photographer’s iconic images of American treasures

A sheet of black and white stamps showing nature images
The Ansel Adams stamps will come in a pane of 16 of his most iconic images.

The Postal Service will release its Ansel Adams stamps on Wednesday, May 15.

A masterful photographer and dedicated environmentalist, Adams (1902-1984) became one of the 20th century’s most renowned artists.

His signature style — an approach defined by a sharp focus and nearly infinite tonality — allowed Americans to experience the nation’s natural wonders in vivid detail.

The artist’s ability to visualize a subject as it felt to him emotionally led to some of the most famous images of America’s natural treasures.

Adams wrote and photographed extensively for the Sierra Club Bulletin, exhibited his prints at museums across the country, gave lectures on photography’s artistic merit, taught student workshops and helped create the first museum photography department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

He received wide-ranging recognition for his work during his seven-decade career.

In 1980, Adams received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps using some of the artist’s most enduring images.

The Forever stamps will be available in panes of 16 at Post Offices and

The stamps will be dedicated on May 15 during a ceremony in Yosemite National Park in California.