Most photographers today when asked who are their favorite top five photographers would be Ansel Adams. One of his famous photographs such as moon and half dome inspired lots of photographers from all over the world even until today. Adams who was born in 1902 did not have the same privilege as we do today with photography made almost user friendly for both beginners and professionals, not to mention digital and photoshop. His black and white photography is legendary, there is no comparison to it and his color photography are just amazing. I consider Ansel Adams the genius in photography and through his work we can all learn the art and beauty of photography.
If you have not yet stumble upon his work, I suggest you look him up in google and go through his photos one by one and really try to live the wonderful moments he had while he took the photographs.
Here is a link I always go back to see Ansel Adams work : www.anseladams.com