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Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
LOT ID: 73156
Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA, 1939

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
10.63 х 12.63 in. (27 x 32.08 cm.)
Signed, on recto; stamped with early Carmel Studio stamp and titled in Adams' hand on mount verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1960
Lot description
Mounted on Crescent Hi-art Illustration Board; mount size is 14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm). Printed c. 1960. A remarkable print with rich deep tones and excellent highlight detail, and excellent provenance from one of Adams' assistants.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) made visionary photos of western landscapes and won three Guggenheim grants to photograph national parks (1944-58). Founding the f/64 group with Edward Weston in 1932, he developed zone exposure to get maximum tonal range from black-and-white film. He served on the Sierra Club Board (1934-71).

Adams's technical mastery was the stuff of legend. More than any creative photographer, before or since, he reveled in the theory and practice of the medium. Weston and Strand frequently consulted him for technical advice. Adams developed the famous and highly complex "zone system" of controlling and relating exposure and development, enabling photographers to creatively visualize an image and produce a photograph that matched and expressed that visualization.

Seen in a more traditional art history context, Adams was the last and defining figure in the romantic tradition of 19th Century American landscape painting and photography.
Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA by Ansel Adams
  • Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA by Ansel Adams
  • Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA by Ansel Adams
  • Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA by Ansel Adams
  • Cemetery statue and oil derricks, Signal Hill, Long Beach, CA by Ansel Adams
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