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Ansel Adams

'Ascent of the "Lost Arrow," Yosemite Valley'

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

'Ascent of the "Lost Arrow," Yosemite Valley'

'Ascent of the "Lost Arrow," Yosemite Valley'

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Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

'Ascent of the "Lost Arrow," Yosemite Valley'


gelatin silver print, mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, and annotated 'Climbers: John Salathé / Anton Nelson' in ink on the reverse, framed, 1947

image: 12⅞ by 10⅜ in. (32.7 by 26.4 cm.)

frame: 24⅞ by 20⅞ in. (63.2 by 53 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.


This print is in generally excellent condition. There is a deposit of original retouching in the upper right quadrant. The mount is darkened at the edges and the corners are bumped.


The reverse of the mount is soiled and there are some faint fingerprints. 'AA/1758' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse.


When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.


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.

Phillips de Pury & Company New York, 19 October 2006, Sale 40206, Lot 117, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, as agent
Taken in September 1947, Adams photographed John Salathé and Anton ‘Ax’ Nelson as they made history as the first climbers to summit the Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite.  Nelson detailed the arduous five-day climb in the 1948 Sierra Club Bulletin, writing ‘One cannot climb at all unless he has sufficient urge to do so.  Danger must be met – indeed it must be used – to an extent beyond that incurred in normal life.’  Salathé’s “Lost Arrows,” hard steel pitons, are still used by climbers today.  

Another early print of this image is in the Ansel Adams archive at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.