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    Sale 2120

    Photographs By Ansel Adams From A California Collection

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1018

    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

    Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams

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    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
    Portfolio One: Twelve Photographic Prints by Ansel Adams
    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1948. 12 gelatin silver prints; each signed in ink (on the mount); each with Portfolio stamp (on the reverse of the mount); each 8 x 10in. (20.2 x 25.4cm.) or the reverse; text inserts, signed in red pencil (on the preface); numbered '65' in red pencil (on the list of plates); number 65 from the edition of 75; folding portfolio case

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    Pre-Lot Text

    'To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique - these, too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation. Art, said Alfred Stieglitz, is the affirmation of life. And life, or its eternal evidence, is everywhere...Expressions without doctrine, my photographs are presented here as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments of the world.' (Ansel Adams, foreword to Portfolio One)


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