Lot 340

Ansel Adams Grasses Silver Gelatin Photograph

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984). Silver gelatin photograph depicting grasses. Pencil signed along the lower right.

Lot essay:
Ansel Adams is one of the best known photographers of the American West, with his works increasing awareness of and the mystique of the National Parks. His stark, dramatic images capture the awe-inspiring nature of the landmarks he photographed. His photography was entwined with his interest in environmental activism, photographing nature with an eye for preservation.

Adams was gifted his first camera on a family trip to Yosemite in 1916, which ignited his love for both photography and the park. By early adulthood, Adams had moved to Yosemite full time, and spent his time exploring and photographing the park. His first photographs were published in 1921, and by 1925 he had developed his signature style of a sharp focus and large contrast. He continued refining this style, going against the grain of the popular misty pictorialism of the time.

He kept his dedication to the natural world in his photography throughout his career, and was involved in conservation efforts through the Sierra Club, among others. In addition, he played a major role in the recognition of photography by art museums and institutions, helping to establish the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Sight; height: 4 3/4 in x width: 5 3/4 in. Framed; height:13 1/4 in x width: 13 1/4 in.


No visible tears, creases, or losses. The emulsion appears to be smooth and great. The surface appears to be stable. No visible sign of restoration under UV light. Framed under plexiglass; not inspected out of frame. Very light wear to the frame.

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