Yes, I just used Ansel Adams in the same sentence as Photoshop. And without the words “would hate” in it.
There were several black and white photographers back in the day who manipulated their images. But Ansel Adams is one of the most well-known ones. In addition, many people don’t realize that he practiced extreme darkroom manipulation.
When I say manipulation, I mean that he planned how the final print would look from before he pressed the shutter button. Ansel Adams invented the famous “zone system” of photographing to ensure that certain areas of tone in the scene would ultimately print exactly the shade that he wanted.
In the darkroom, he used a massive amount of dodging and burning, and printed a lot darker than what the scene in reality looked like. Books have been written about his techniques. Ansel Adams was a photographer, artist, and a master at what he did.