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Ansel Adams Art

American, 1902-1984
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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Artist: Ansel Adams
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

Storm Surf, Timber Cove, CA
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed on the front of the mount. Stamped, dated and titled with edition ‘40’ and ‘What Majestic Word’ stamp from Portfolio 4 on back of mount. #40 of the 260 editioned portfolio.
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Mid-20th Century 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

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

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

Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints Ansel Adams Portrait
By Ansel Adams
Located in Surfside, FL
Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints in Polaroid Photo Album. it looks to be shot in a mirror. These measure 10 x 8 4.25 x 3.25. it is a folder titled on it Cu...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin, Polaroid

Aspens, Northern New Mexico ~ Horizontal
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed and numbered on the front of the mount by the artist. Stamped, dated and titled on the back. From Portfolio VII edition number 49/115. Printed in 1978.
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1950s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

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

Devils Crags from Palisade Creek Canyon, a Photograph by Ansel Adams
By Ansel Adams
Located in Toronto, CA
Artist Ansel Adams Style Contemporary Creation Year 1939 Period 1930-1939 Medium Photographic Paper Category Black and White Photography Handling Time 7-10 business days Length 7 ...
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1930s Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Lithograph

Lower Yosemite Fall
By Ansel Adams
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Signed on the front of the mount. Portfolio III stamp on back of the mount. Print is in very good condition. Mount is slightly 'yellowed' around edges. Minor surface emulsion flaw l...
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Manzanita Twigs in Kings River Sierra, a Photograph by Ansel Adams
By Ansel Adams
Located in Toronto, CA
Artist Ansel Adams Style Contemporary Creation Year 1939 Period 1930-1939 Medium Photographic Paper Category Black and White Photography Handling Time 7-10 business days Length 8.5 ...
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1930s Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Lithograph

Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints Ansel Adams Portrait
By Ansel Adams
Located in Surfside, FL
Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints in Polaroid Photo Album. These measure 10 x 8 4.25 x 3.25. it is a folder titled on it Custom Print by Polaroid the album i...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Polaroid, Silver Gelatin

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

Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints Ansel Adams Portrait
By Ansel Adams
Located in Surfside, FL
Rare Vintage Silver Gelatin and Polaroid Photograph Prints in Polaroid Photo Album. These measure 10 x 8 4.25 x 3.25. it is a folder titled on it Custom Print by Polaroid the album i...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Ansel Adams Art

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Polaroid, Silver Gelatin

Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1935
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Mirror Lake, Yosemite, 1935. Gelatin silver print. Signed in ink mount recto with Special Edition stamp, title and numbering in ink verso. Likely printed in the 1960s u...
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

"Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona" Ansel Adams photograph
By Ansel Adams
Located in Danvers, MA
Pristine black and white photograph by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. Known for his rich and sweeping landscapes capturing the majesty of the American West, Adams uses t...
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1960s Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Leaf, Glacier Bay, Alaska, 1948
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Yosemite Valley Moonrise, CA, 1944. Gelatin silver print. Signed in pencil mount recto with Adams' Carmel Studio stamp BMFA 11 with title in ink mount verso
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

White Sands National Monument, c. 1942
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite, 1960. Gelatin silver print. This rare, glossy silver gelatin print is signed in pencil mount recto.
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite. c. 1927
By Ansel Adams
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Ansel Adams, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite. c. 1927. Gelatin silver print. Signed on mount recto.
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Sunset Prairie Creek Pacific Ocean
By Ansel Adams
Located in New York, NY
Hand-signed in pen/ink below the image lower right on the mount which is Crescent illustration board. The mount is approximately 18 x 14 inches The photographer's old Carmel stu...
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1960s Modern 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

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.
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Mid-20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

Sunset Hills, CA, (Creek and rocks)
By Ansel Adams
Located in Westwood, NJ
Gallery 270 represents distinguished photographers of the 20th Century and the emergent photographers of the 21st Century from around the world. We place particular emphasis on mode...
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20th Century Contemporary Ansel Adams Art

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Silver Gelatin

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Young Oaks, Winter
By Ansel Adams
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Morning Merced River Canyon Yosemite - Special Edition
By Ansel Adams
Located in Soquel, CA
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1980s Photorealist Ansel Adams Art

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Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park
By Ansel Adams
Located in New York, NY
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1960s Land Ansel Adams Art

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Mount King in Kings River Sierra, a Photograph by Ansel Adams
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By Ansel Adams
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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ANSEL ADAMS Yosemite Valley, Winter 29.25" x 22.5" Poster 1995
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
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20th Century Ansel Adams Art

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Bridalveil Fall
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