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Ansel Adams Art

American, 1902-1984

The San Francisco–born photographer Ansel Adams is celebrated for his majestic black-and-white photography that brought the deserts, mountains and forests of the American West to the public. His images, beloved for their raw beauty and the magic of their subjects, are known around the world and widely reproduced as calendars and posters.

A sickly child with little attraction to sports or games, Adams early on developed an avid interest in the natural surroundings of his San Francisco home, on the heights facing Golden Gate Park. This passion found a productive outlet in photography, which he discovered at 14, when his father gave him his first camera during a family trip to Yosemite National Park. He spent much of the ensuing decades capturing Yosemite’s vast and varied wonders.

Adams’s photographs were first published in 1921. Even these early efforts demonstrate his eye for composition and his sensitivity to tonal balance and textural contrast. In the mid-1920s, he began to play with soft focus, as in the dreamy 1927 Lyell Fork Meadows, which appears bathed in a hazy, nostalgic light. The 1948 Sunrise over Sand Dunes in Death Valley exemplifies Adams’s later experiments with stark contrasts in light and geometric framing, which transform the landscape into a near abstraction.

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Ansel Adams Signed 1st Ed. Photography Book, 1950
By Ansel Adams
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Not only was Mr. Adams a great photographer, he was also a poet whom wrote beautifully about nature as he saw and shot it. This book has a nice introduction as well as wonderful blac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Paper

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico
By Ansel Adams
Located in Palm Desert, CA
"Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" is a photograph by famed landmark photographer Ansel Adams taken in 1941 and printed c. 1959. The photograph is signed on verso with artist's stamp,...
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Mid-20th Century American Realist Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Fern Spring Dusk, Yosemite Valley CA, 1961
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Fern Spring Dusk, Yosemite Valley CA, 1961. Printed 1973. Toned gelatin silver print. Signed in pencil mount recto "Ansel Adams'. Signed on mount recto ‘Ansel Adams”. ...
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite, California
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This highly important example of one of Adams’ most famous images has an exceptional tonal character. In 1960, Ansel made this image with a Hasselblad camera while driving towards the Ahwahnee Hotel, located within the boundaries of the National Park. As one of Ansel Adams’ iconic and enduring masterpieces, “Moon and Half Dome...
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Ansel Adams and the West
By Ansel Adams
Located in New York, NY
Ansel Adams and the West, 1979 Offset Lithograph Poster 23 × 36 inches Unframed This offset lithograph poster was created on the occasion of the Ansel Adams exhibition, Ansel Adams a...
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1970s Realist Ansel Adams Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine
By Ansel Adams
Located in Palm Desert, CA
"Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine" is a photography by famed and landmark photographer Ansel Adams. The photograph is signed on verso with artist's stamp, "Photograph by Ansel Adams Winter...
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1940s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Aspens, Northern New Mexico
By Ansel Adams
Located in Palm Desert, CA
"Aspens, Northern New Mexico" is a photography by famed and landmark photographer Ansel Adams. The photograph is signed in pencil, lower right, "Ansel Adams". The framed piece measur...
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1970s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Ansel Adams Vintage National Gallery of Art 1985/86 Art Exhibition Poster Framed
By Ansel Adams
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A serene minimalist vintage poster depicting the Ansel Adams exhibition at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, October 6, 1985 - Januar...
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1980s Vintage Ansel Adams Art

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Paper

Mudhills, Arizona, 1947
By Ansel Adams
Located in Rochester Hills, MI
Ansel Adams Mudhills, Arizona, 1947, Portfolio V Gelatin silver print, plate 2 from the portfolio "Portfolio V" Signed and marked 22/100 1970 Black and white photograph. Photograph size 15 x 19.5 inches. Dry mounted to board and matted 23 x 29 inches Titled on Back of photograph Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California. Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park, using his work to promote conservation of wilderness areas. ... He died in Monterey, California, on April 1945 Ansel Adams founds the first fine art photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute. Faculty include Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White...
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1970s Photorealist Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Fern Spring, Dusk, Yosemite Valley, CA by Ansel Adams, 1961
By Ansel Adams
Located in Bellport, NY
Ansel Adams,"Fern Spring, Dusk." Yosemite Valley, California,1962 by Ansel Adams's is an original photographic print to accompany the De Luxe Edition of Ansel Adams extraordinary book with works from 1923-1974, and was published by the New York Graphic Society, LTD. Boston, 1974 Signed in pencil by Ansel Adams, this is print number 413,the photograph measures 12 x 9 and with the matt measures 16 1/2 x 13 1/2. The image is not framed and is in immaculate condition, we can frame on request. The New York Graphic Society Ansel Adams book...
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1960s American Other Vintage Ansel Adams Art

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Paper

Graduation Dress, Yosemite Valley
By Ansel Adams
Located in Tulsa, OK
Ansel Adams Graduation Dress, Yosemite Valley, 1948, printed 1974 Signed and numbered in pencil on mount recto. Adam's Portfolio VI stamp on mount verso Gelat...
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tuscon, Arizona
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Original vintage gelatin silver photograph printed circa 1944 by Ansel Adams. Signed in pencil lower right on the front of the mount. Very good vintage condition: some silvering top ...
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1940s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Autumn Storm, Las Trampas, Near Penasco, New Mexico, 1958
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Autumn Storm, Las Trampas, Near Penasco, New Mexico, 1958. Printed 1981. Gelatin silver print. Southwest landscape photography. Signed on mount recto by the artist.
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

The Abode of Snow
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed with printed title on the front of the print. Very early parmelian print by Ansel Adams.
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1920s Ansel Adams Art

East Vidette
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed (AE Adams), titled, printed on the front of print. Rare vintage parmelian print from 1927.
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1920s Ansel Adams Art

The Abode of Snow
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed with printed title on front of print. From 'Parmelian Prints of the High Sierra', limited edition of 100 copies.
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

Lyell Fork Meadows
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed on the front of the print. Printed circa 1927.
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1920s Ansel Adams Art

Silverton, Colorado
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed and numbered on the front of the mount by Ansel Adams. Stamped and titled on the back of the mount. From Portolio VI-4; 55/110. Printed in 1974.
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1970s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

White Stumps, Sierra Nevada, CA
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed by the artist mount recto and with artist's stamp mount verso.
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Rock and Grass, Moraine Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA, 1932 (Printed 1974)
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed in pencil on mount recto; Titled & dated in ink with artist's copyright stamp on mount verso Gelatin Silver Print Image - 14.25"x18", Mount 22"x28", Matted - 24"x30" © Ansel A...
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Trailer - Camp Children, Richmond, California
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Ansel Adams (United States, b. 1902-1984) Trailer - Camp Children, Richmond, California, c. 1944, printed 1977 Signed in pencil on mount recto; Titled & dated in ink with artist's co...
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1940s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Sunset Hills, CA, (Creek and rocks)
By Ansel Adams
Located in Westwood, NJ
Carmel credit stamps on verso titled in ink by Adams on stamp. signed in ink on mount. Gallery 270 represents distinguished photographers of the 20th Century and the emergent photog...
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20th Century Contemporary Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Interior of Tumacoacori Mission, Arizona
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed and numbered on front of mount. Portfolio VII stamp with title, negative and print dates on back of mount. From the limited edition of 115 of which there were 100 for sale cop...
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

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Located in Tulsa, OK
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Photographer Ansel Adams spoke of the ‘Art of Visualization’ around his photography methods. This concept revolves around the photographer imagining where the audience’s eye will move across a scene before taking the shot. Visualization helps the photographer frame a scene in a way that aligns with their intent. Shop a collection of Ansel Adams photography from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Ansel Adams' most famous photo is open for debate. One of his first photographs to draw attention from the public was 1927's Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, an image of the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Other notable photos by Adams include Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico; Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite National Park, California; San Francisco From Twin Peaks and Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, California. On 1stDibs, explore a wide variety of Ansel Adams art.

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