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    Sale 2120

    Photographs By Ansel Adams From A California Collection

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1091

    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

    Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain, Yosemite Valley, 1948

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    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
    Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain, Yosemite Valley, 1948
    gelatin silver mural print, printed 1970-1975
    title in ink and 'Carmel' credit stamp (on the reverse of the flush- mount); 'Ansel Adams' credit label affixed (on the frame backing)
    26½ x 33 7/8in. (67.5 x 86cm.)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    'One cloudy spring day, I was searching for dogwood displays, and glimpsed an attractive possibility near Tenaya Creek. A light rain began to fall, and I considered giving up for the day, but when I came to an opening in the trees and saw this subject open up before me I banished such thoughts of defeat and set up the camera...The rain added a certain richness to the scene and suggested an atmospheric recession of values that would not otherwise be seen. As with many of my photographs, this picture opportunity seemed to be waiting for me; the visualization was immediate and complete. I hope that the print conveys not only the moment, but some evidence of my perception to which the viewer may respond. To some this location by Tenaya Creek on a rainy day might be merely damp and uncomfortable...To others, the cool calm rain and forest light would be things to revel in, likely to initiate some creative reaction.' (Ansel Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs)


    Stillman, ed., Yosemite: Ansel Adams, Little Brown and Company, p. 10; Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, Little Brown and Company, 1983, p. 78