Details
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Church at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, c. 1929-1930
gelatin silver print, mounted on board, printed 1977
signed in pencil, (mount, recto); credited, titled and dated in ink in photographer's Carmel credit stamp [BMFA stamp 11] with negative and print date in ink and Center for Creative Photography & AAPRT stamps (mount, verso); credited, titled and dated on affixed gallery label (mat, verso)
image/sheet: 9 1/4 x 13 in. (23.4 x 33 cm.)
mount: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
This work is plate eight from Taos Pueblo (Boston: New York Graphics Society, 1930).
Provenance
Christie's, New York, December 10, 2019, lot 55;
acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
Ansel Adams and Mary Street Alinder, Ansel Adams: An Autobiography, Bulfinch, New York, 1976, p. 95.
Ansel Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, Little, Brown and Co., New York, 1989, p. 90.
Anne Hammond, Ansel Adams, Divine Performance, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002, fig. 1.13, p. 30.
Andrea G. Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2007, p. 59.
Andrea G. Stillman, Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man, Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2012, p. 52.
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Lot Essay

'I had not seen a photograph of the Ranchos de Taos church and had no idea of its magnificent form before I first viewed it (but did not photograph it) in 1927. The front aspects of the church are moderately impressive….It is the rear elevation that defines this building as one of the great architectural monuments of America. It had been interpreted by numerous painters and photographers, and I could not resist the challenge' (Ansel Adams, as published in: Andrea Stillman, Ansel Adams: Letters and Images 1916-1984, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1988, p. 53).

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