The work of Ansel Adams is a new exhibit in the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Adams is known for his black and white photos of the American West.
Peoria will be the only Midwest venue for the exhibit curated by Ansel Adams' son, Michael Adams. Michael Adams tells WMBD's Greg and Dan he's well aware the influence his father had on people.
"I was in London three weeks ago and people came up to me with the same story of how they were inspired by Ansel's work," says Michael Adams, "and how they enjoyed it."
Michael says his father's interest in photography peaked during a visit to Yosemite National Park in 1916 when he was 14.
"He took a lot of pictures and made albums of the work he did," Michael Adams says. "It intrigued him and went he went back to San Francisco he found a local photo finisher who started teaching him the darkroom side of it. It blossomed from there."
Ansel Adams died in 1984 at the age of 82.
What about the modern digital photography of today?
"I think he would have jumped in with both feet and loved it," says Michael Adams.
In fact, Michael is sure his father influenced some of our modern technology.
"Any of you who have Adobe Workshop," explains Michael Adams, "the Adobe people, when they put that together, used the symbols of the dodging and burning tools Ansel used in the chemical darkroom."
The exhibit of more than 120 photos by Ansel Adams, called "Ansel Adams: Western Exposure," opens Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and runs through September 22nd.