10 Essential Black-and-White Photographers You Might Have Missed

American photographer Ansel Adams is known for his striking black-and-white portraits of the American West. His time at Yosemite National Park, which he first visited in 1916 (not long after receiving his first Kodak Brownie box camera), was one of the most influential components of his work — and he made a pilgrimage there every year until his death. Few photographers have had an influence over the art form as Adams, including his subject matter, technique, and views on photography. In honor of Adams’ birthday this week, we’re looking at the work of black-and-white photographers you might have missed — and reading their words about the nature of their work.