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

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 294
    Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, p. 33, fig. 13
    Szarkowski, The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Portfolio VI, pl. 9

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. After eighty years, I scan a long perspective. I think of a mantra of Gaelic origin given me fifty years ago by Ella Young. It echoed everything I believe:

    I know that I am one with beauty
    And that my comrades are one.
    Let our souls be mountains,
    Let our spirits be stars
    Let our hearts be worlds

    –Ansel Adams, An Autobiography

Transcendence: Photography and the Sublime


Fresh Snow, Yosemite Valley, California

circa 1947
Gelatin silver print from Portfolio VI, printed 1974.
15 1/2 x 19 in. (39.4 x 48.3 cm)
Signed, numbered 'VI-9' and 79/110 in pencil on the mount; 'Portfolio VI' stamp on the reverse of the mount.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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New York Auction 14 October 2020