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ANSEL ADAMS (1902–1984)

Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1947
Price Realised: USD 17500.00
Estimate : USD 4,000 - 6,000

ANSEL ADAMS (1902–1984)
Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1947
gelatin silver print, mounted on board, printed 1948 for Portfolio One
signed in pencil (mount, recto); numbered '1' of set number '71' in red ink in portfolio stamp, credited and titled on affixed Museum of Modern Art exhibition label and stamped 'Invoerr. en Accijnzen Visitatiepost Eindhoven' (mount, verso)
image/sheet: 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (19 x 23.4 cm.)
mount: 14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.7 cm.)
This work is number seventy-one from an edition of seventy-five from the portfolio Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams, 19381948 (San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1948).


Gifted by the artist, 1982.


Ansel Adams, Nancy Newhall, This Is the American Earth, The Sierra Club, New York, 1960, p. 87.
John Szarkowski, The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Little Brown and Company, Boston, 1981, Portfolio I, pl. 1.
John Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, Little Brown and Company, Boston, 2001, pl. 110.
Anne Hammond, Ansel Adams: Divine Performance, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002, p. 121.
Andrea G. Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2007, p. 175.
Andrea Stillman (ed.), Ansel Adams: In the National Parks, Little Brown and Company, Boston, 2010, p. 175.
Andrea G. Stillman, Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2012, p. 179


New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Diogenes with a Camera II, November 25, 1952–March 8, 1953, no. 9.

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Neutral hued image on semi-gloss paper trimmed to edge, mounted on original board. Hairline indentations in places, visible only in raking light. The mount with typical evidence of age and minor abrasions along upper edge, none affecting image area. Please note this print is sold unframed.

Lot Essay

The 1952–1953 exhibition, Diogenes with a Camera II, was organized by Edward Steichen then the Director of The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Photography. Consisting of 130 photographs, this was the second in a series of exhibitions that aimed to 'demonstrate how the art of photography has added to our knowledge of the truth'. The present work by Ansel Adams was included in this exhibition, along with works by Dorothea Lange, Tosh Matsumoto, Aaron Siskind, Todd Webb and Man Ray.

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