Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Little, Brown and Company, Ansel Adams: Letters and Images 1916-1984, p. 347
    Little, Brown and Company, Yosemite and the Range of Light, pl. 11
    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 346

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Always in big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. You are undertaking the first experience, not of the place, but of yourself in that place. It is an experience of our essential loneliness, for nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes a common ground and a common bond, and we cease to be alone." – Wendell Berry

Transcendence: Photography and the Sublime


Forest Floor, Yosemite, California

circa 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed 1979.
15 x 19 1/4 in. (38.1 x 48.9 cm)
Signed and numbered 11/50 in pencil on the mount; 'Yosemite and the Range of Light' label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

$7,000 - 9,000 

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Vanessa Hallett
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New York Auction 14 October 2020