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    Sale 2120

    Photographs By Ansel Adams From A California Collection

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1074

    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

    Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word. In Memory of Russell Varian [1898-1959] by Ansel Adams

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    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
    Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word. In Memory of Russell Varian [1898-1959] by Ansel Adams
    San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1963. 15 gelatin silver prints; each signed in ink (on the mount); each with Portfolio stamp (on the reverse of the mount); each 11 x 14in. (28 x 35.5cm.) or the reverse; text inserts, numbered '121' in red ink (on the colophon); folding portfolio case


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Ansel Adams created Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word to raise funds for Russell Varian's long-time dream of preserving what is now California's Castle Rock State Park. Varian, a Stanford engineer and inventor was also, with his wife Dorothy, a passionate conservationist. In his introductory text to the Portfolio, Adams writes:

    Every photo in this Portfolio is related in some direct or indirect way to the places, things and moods Russell Varian loved. In some the essences of light and space dominate; in others the substance of rock and wood and the luminous insistence of growing things. (Ansel Adams, foreword to Portfolio Four)


    Literature

    The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Little Brown and Company, 1998, n.p.