Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984). Photograph titled "Winter Sunrise, The Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California 1944," depicting the Sierra Nevadas lit with the rising sun. Silver gelatin print. With Ansel Adams Carmel inkstamp along the mount verso.
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: 18 3/4 in x width: 22 3/4 in. Framed; Height: 31 1/4 in x width: 34 3/4 in.
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