This Is the American Earth published with text by Nancy Newhall.
Retrospective exhibition, The Eloquent Light, at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco (the largest exhibit of a single photographer ever held).
Began three-year project to photograph the University of California system.
Published Portfolio IV, What Majestic Word.
Resigned from Sierra Club board.
Two Views of Manzanar was exhibited at the Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles. The exhibit included photographs by Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake. The exhibition was curated by three UCLA graduate students: Graham Howe, Patrick Nagatani, and Scott Rankin.
Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to produce the official portrait of President Jimmy Carter.
Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
April 22, 1984
Died in Carmel, California.
A traveling exhibition of Ansel Adams's Manzanar photographs was shown in Fresno, California; Denver, Colorado; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Los Angeles, California. Emily Medvec curated the exhibition and wrote an introduction to the catalog, Born Free and Equal: An Exhibition of Ansel Adams Photographs, published by the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History, and Science.