Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Friday, April 5, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Japan
    Private Collection, United States

  • Literature

    Adams, Born Free and Equal: Text and Photographs by Ansel Adams, p. 53
    Haas and Senf, Ansel Adams, p. 146 (for stamp)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1943, Ansel Adams was hired to photograph the Manzanar Relocation Center at the behest of Ralph Merritt, the camp’s director. The camp was home to over 10,000 Japanese-Americans who had been forcibly removed from their homes by the government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Adams was staunchly against this incarceration of American citizens, and his photographs focus on the dignity of the camp’s residents and their resilience in the face of injustice. The resulting images were exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and published in the book Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans in 1944.


A Young Lawyer and his Family at Manzanar

Gelatin silver print, likely an early print.
9 3/4 x 13 1/8 in. (24.8 x 33.3 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount; credit stamp (BMFA stamp 11), titled, and dated in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $20,320

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New York Auction 5 April 2024