Sotheby's New York, 26 April 2001, Sale 7633, Lot 90
Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light (Boston, 1979), pl. 78
James Alinder and John Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images (Boston, 1985), pl. 56
Andrea G. Stillman, ed., Yosemite: Ansel Adams (Boston, 1995), pl. 80
Andrea G. Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs (Boston, 2007), p. 351
Adams’s first foray into making mural-sized prints was in 1935 when the Yosemite Park & Curry Company asked him to undertake a series of murals of Yosemite for the San Diego Exposition of that year. Fascinated by the technical challenges of making these large scale prints, Adams posited, ‘Apart from optical and technical considerations, the size of the photograph has an expressive relationship with the subject – no matter under what conditions of display it is seen. The subject itself is not an important factor in the determination of the best size of print . . . It is, rather the textural and compositional aspects of the photograph that determine the scale of the finished print’ (‘Photo-Murals,’ U. S. Camera, Vol. 12, 1940, pp. 52-3). Adams became an accomplished photo-muralist in the ensuing years, making mural and large-format photo-screens for a variety of clients, well into the 1960s.
Mural-sized prints of Siesta Lake are rare. When this photograph was acquired from the photographer in the 1960s, Adams stated that he had made only three prints of this image in this size. Only one other mural-sized print of this image is believed to have been offered at auction: a print from the Polaroid Collection sold in these rooms in June 2010.
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