Ansel Adams, ‘'Moonrise, Hernandez, N.M.'’, Sotheby's

Mounted, signed and titled in pencil on the mount, signed and extensively inscribed in ink and a Carmel studio stamp, with title, and date in ink, on the reverse, 1941, printed in 1978 (400 Photographs, p. 175).

From the Catalogue:
This photograph comes from the family of Dr. James R. Killian, Jr., who served as the tenth president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-1959). After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, President Eisenhower appointed Killian as the first Presidential science adviser. In the words of Eisenhower, Killian’s role was to help him ‘follow through on the program of scientific improvement of our defenses’ (as quoted in The New York Times, Obituaries, 31 January 1988). Killian was also instrumental in the establishment of NASA in 1958.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

The photographer to Dr. James Rhyne Killian, Jr., 1979
By descent to the present owner

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