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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
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THE MARKET FOR ANSEL ADAMS AND MOONRISE, HERNANDEZ, NEW MEXICO
by Daniel Grant



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.

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