Ansel Adams, ‘'Parmelian Prints of The High Sierras'’, Sotheby's

Property Sold to Benefit The Weston Collective

(San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, an edition of 150), each signed in pencil and with the letterpress title in the margin, in individual letterpress title wrappers, 1920s, printed in 1927; together with the letterpress title, colophon, dedication to Albert M. Bender, and plate list. Small folio, gilt-lettered black cloth portfolio with gold silk lining, one of a projected edition of 150 of which approximately 75 sets were completed.

Each approximately 8 by 6 1/8 in. (20.3 by 15.6 cm.) or the reverse

From the Catalogue:
This lot is accompanied by correspondence between Ansel Adams and John D. Crossman. When Crossman purchased the portfolio, he noticed that one, 'A Grove of Tamarack Pine,' had not been signed, and thus wrote to Adams in 1974 to request that he sign it. Adams was pleased to accommodate his request, and shortly thereafter Crossman went to the photographer's home to have the final print signed.

This lot is being sold to benefit The Weston Collective, an organization that awards scholarships to photography students in Monterey County practicing black and white film photography.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

John D. Crossman, circa 1974
The Weston Collective, Carmel, California, 2015

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