Ansel Adams, ‘Merced River, Cliffs, Autumn, Yosemite Valley, California’, 1939-printed 1960, Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink on the mount; numbered '2', 70 in ink and 'Portfolio Three' copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the mount. Number 70 from an edition of 208.

Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, p. 140
Alinder and Szarkowski, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, pl. 24
Little, Brown and Co., Yosemite and the Range of Light, pl. 40
Stillman, Ansel Adams 400 Photographs, p. 135
Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, p. 100

Christie's, New York, 5 October 1999, lot 221

About Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is widely regarded as one of the most famous photographers of all time, particularly in reference to his striking images of the American wilderness. Adams placed great value upon technical mastery of his craft, carefully evaluating gradations of light in the image, manipulating degree of exposure, and constantly experimenting with new techniques. Along with contemporaries Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston, Adams founded the group f/64, devoted to what they termed “straight photography,” as opposed to staged or embellished images. Adams was also pivotal in the establishment of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art.

American, 1902-1984, San Francisco, California