Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941/printed ca. 1950s-'60s gelatin silver print, flush-mounted, ca. 39 x 56 in. $518,500 Sotheby's New York June 21, 2010 Photographs from the Polaroid Collection
Driving back to Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 31, 1941, after what had been a disappointing day for picture-taking, photographer Ansel Adams (1902-84) brought his car to an abrupt stop, yelling to his companions to bring him his tripod, exposure meter and other photographic equipment so that he could take what would become one of the most famous images in fine art photography, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.