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Ansel Adams

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

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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.)

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Although it has not been examined out of its frame, this mural-sized photograph appears to be in generally very good condition. There is evidence of inpainting and retouching, some of which has discolored and is somewhat warm-toned.  There are scattered scratches, abrasions, and occasional rust-colored deposits visible upon close examination, none of which detract from the overall fine appearance of this print.


This mural has been conserved and a treatment report is available upon request.


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.

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).