Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the photographer by John Glasse, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1975
    By descent to the current owner

  • Literature

    Alinder, Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, pl. 63
    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 373
    Haas and Senf, Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection, pl. 49

  • Catalogue Essay

    This photograph comes from the collection of John Glasse (1922-2014), a pioneering collector from the early days of the photography market. John Glasse was Professor of Religion at Vassar College from 1956 to 1990; philosophy of religion was his academic focus. Glasse maintained a lifelong interest in photography. As a teenager in Alaska in the 1930s, he photographed candid scenes of Juneau’s residents and the Alaskan wilderness and worked as a freelance photographer. During his adult years, he continued photographing and experimenting with different formats and techniques. Glasse began collecting as a young adult and continued to build and rotate his collection through the 1980s, focusing on major Twentieth Century photographers. The work of Paul Strand was a particular interest and Glasse curated an exhibition of Strand’s photographs at the Vassar College Art Gallery in 1977. He enjoyed corresponding with the artists in his collection to learn the background story of specific images and to share his appreciation of their work. In several instances he purchased directly from the photographers, in addition to patronizing the first generation of photography galleries in New York City, including Witkin Gallery and LIGHT.

    While Vassar College offered no formal training in photography during Glasse’s tenure, he served as an advisor to students pursuing independent study projects in the medium. In 1977 he said, "Photography is one of the ways I find myself exploring the world. And by making my own photographs and seeing the work of others, I am exploring the medium itself. In terms of photography qua academic, as a philosopher of religion, I am engaged by the relation between aesthetics and religion. The theology of culture and the philosophy of religion have not been applied to photography. I would like to make a contribution to filling that gap."

17

Aspens, Northern New Mexico

1958
Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1975.
19 1/2 x 15 in. (49.5 x 38.1 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount, Carmel credit stamp (BMFA stamp 11) with title and date in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,500

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Photographs

New York Auction 6 April 2022