Ansel Adams - Photographs London Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Originally gifted by the artist to Osten B. Wejerfelt, former Executive Vice President of Hasselblad
    Bukowskis, Stockholm, Contemporary, 12 November 2014, lot 209

  • Literature

    A. Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, Boston: Little, Brown, 1983, cover and p. 40
    J. Alinder & J. Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, Boston: Little, Brown, 1986, pl. 32
    K. Haas & R. Senf, Ansel Adams, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2005, pl. 37, p. 146 (stamp)
    A. Stillmans, Ansel Adams: The Grand Canyon and the Southwest, Boston: Little, Brown, 2000, frontispiece
    A. Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, Boston: Little, Brown, 2000, p. 175
    J. Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, Boston: Little, Brown, 2001, pl. 96

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘After the first exposure I quickly reversed the 8x10 film holder to make a duplicate negative, for I instinctively knew I had visualised one of those very important images that seem prone to accident or physical defect, but as I pulled out the slide the sunlight left the crosses and the magical moment was gone forever.’
    Ansel Adams


Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico

Gelatin silver print, printed later, mounted.
38.7 x 50 cm (15 1/4 x 19 5/8 in.)
Signed in pencil on the mount; Carmel credit stamp (BMFA 11) with title and date in another hand in ink on the reverse of the mount.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £25,000

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London Auction 25 October 2019