Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, p. 10
    Adams, Yosemite and the Range of Light, pl. 27
    Alinder, Ansel Adams: 1902-1984, p. 12
    Newhall, Ansel Adams: The Eloquent Light, pp. 168-169
    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 93
    Stillman, Ansel Adams in the National Parks, p. 10
    Stillman, Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, p. 71
    Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, pl. 32

  • Catalogue Essay

    This photograph offered here was acquired by Charles Haupt, the present owner, directly from Ansel Adams in 1971. This print replaced one that had been previously sent but damaged in shipping. In the accompanying letter, Adams writes, ’Herewith the new print of FROZEN LAKE AND CLIFFS, KAWEAH GAP, SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA. I think it is a much better print than the first one! I hope you will be pleased with it.’ Haupt and Adams shared a passion for photography and classical music. A virtuoso violinist, Haupt was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for 37 years, performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center for 21 years, and is Director of A Musical Feast, a premier chamber music ensemble. An exhibition of Haupt’s black-and-white Polaroid work was shown at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, in 1994.


Frozen Lake and Cliffs, Kaweah Gap, Sierra Nevada, California

Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1971.
10 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (27 x 33.7 cm)
Signed in ink on the mount; Carmel credit stamp (BMFA stamp 7) with title in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount. Accompanied by a typed letter signed by Ansel Adams to the present owner, dated 20 July 1971.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $15,120

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New York Auction 7 October 2021