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The Many Phases of Ansel Adams’ Moonrise


Not only is Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941) one of Ansel Adams’ most recognizable images, but it also exemplifies his evolving printing technique. The impact of later prints relies on stark tonal contrasts, whereas Adams’ early prints evince more subtle gradations. The few extant prints made close to the time of the 1941 negative present a twilight scene bathed in the last rays of the winter sun, with gauze-like clouds clearly defined in the sky. Sotheby’s is honored once again to present for sale a selection of exceptional Ansel Adams photographs from the collection of David H. Arrington. A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Photographs live auction will be held 17 February 2022.

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