A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Photographs

A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Photographs

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Ansel Adams

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

Auction Closed

February 17, 07:14 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

mural-sized sepia-toned gelatin silver print, mounted to Masonite, framed, negative and printing dates unknown

image: 53¾ by 47½ in. (136.5 by 120.7 cm.)

frame: 54⅝ by 48¾ in. (138.7 by 123.8 cm.)

The photographer to Polaroid Corporation

Sotheby's New York, Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, 21 June 2010, Sale 8649, Lot 420, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, as agent

Salem, Peabody Essex Museum, Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge, June – October 2012

Greenwich, The Royal Museums Greenwich, Photography From the Mountains to the Sea, November 2012  – April 2013, and traveling thereafter to:

Sydney, Australian National Maritime Museum, July – December 2013

Adams' first foray into making mural-sized photographs came in 1935, when he was asked by his employer at the time, the Yosemite Park & Curry Company, to undertake a series of murals of Yosemite for the San Diego Exposition of that year. He became an articulate spokesman for the form, writing articles such as 'Photo-Murals' for U. S. Camera in November 1940, and discussing mural theory and practice in books such as his own The Print: Contact Printing and Enlarging of 1968. 'I was fascinated with the challenge of making a photographic print in grand scale,' Adams wrote in his autobiography. 'Many of my large-format Yosemite negatives took on a new resonance in mural-sized proportions' (Ansel Adams: An Autobiography, p. 187).