11 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 46,600
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Winter Sunrise From Lone Pine, Sierra Nevada, 1944
gelatin silver print, printed 1960s
signed in ink (on the mount); title in ink and 'Carmel' credit stamp (on the reverse of the mount)
14 3/8 x 19 1/8in. (36.5 x 49cm.)
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The Alabama Hills (the left hand hill) in reality had the huge, whitewashed initials 'LP' [Lone Pine] stencilled on them. Adams considered this 'a hideous and insulting scar on one of the great vistas of our land' and ruthlessly removed what he could from the negative, spotting out any remaining traces in the final print.
Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, Little Brown and Company, 2001, pl. 85; Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light, New York Graphic Society, 1979, pl. 99
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