1902 - 1984
'The Golden Gate'
gelatin silver print, mounted, signed and titled in pencil on the mount, the photographer's San Francisco studio label (BMFA Label 3) on the reverse, 1932, probably printed before 1935
image: 6 ⅜ by 9 in. (16.2 by 22.9 cm.)
Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This early print, on a slick white mount, is in generally excellent condition. The following are visible upon close inspection in high raking light: a few miniscule deposits of original retouching; and some superficial hairline scratches and scuffs in the upper right quadrant, not breaking the emulsion. The reverse of the mount is unevenly age-darkened. The photographer's label is darkened, there is a small stain along its right edge, and there is a tiny loss along its lower edge. '7399' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil. When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce. Karen Haas's and Rebecca Senf's book, 'Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection,' publishes the most comprehensive list to date of the studio stamps and labels Adams used throughout his career. Our dating of this print is based upon the authors' assessment of the use dates of label 3 on the reverse of the mount: 1930 through 1935.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
James Alinder and John Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images (Boston, 1985), pl. 11
Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams: An Autobiography (Boston, 1985), p. 114
James and Mary Street Alinder, Ansel Adams: A San Francisco Heritage (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1987), pl. 2
Mary Street Alinder, Ansel Adams: A Biography (New York, 1996), unpaginated
Andrea Gray Stillman, ed., Ansel Adams: California (Boston, 1997), p. 17
Karen E. Haas and Rebecca A. Senf, Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2005), pl. 21
Andrea Gray Stillman, ed., Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs (Boston, 2007), p. 175
Early prints of ‘The Golden Gate’ (often referred to as The Golden Gate Before the Bridge, San Francisco, California) are scarce. Only 3 other early prints are believed to have appeared at auction in the last 20 years.