Ansel Adams, a landscape photographer and environmentalist in the 20th century, had a great appreciation for nature and a profound eye for detail. His works consisted of mainly black and white images of nature or landscapes, most famously of the American West and National Parks.
In the 70 years of his photography career, he received many awards and honours for his work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest honour for a civilian could receive – in 1980. He was also inducted into the California Hall of Fame by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. Adams also aided in establishing the Photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940.
Art critic John Szarkowski wrote about his work, “For Adams the natural landscape is not a fixed and solid sculpture but an insubstantial image, as transient as the light that continually redefines it. This sensibility to the specificity of light was the motive that forced Adams to develop his legendary photographic technique” – truly attesting to the depth and quality of his ethereal images.
Thus, it is unsurprising that some of his more famous works are expected to go for between $700,00 to $1 million USD. The legendary piece, Moonrise, Hernendez, New Mexico being one of them and The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, 1942, being another that would be likely to fetch a hefty sum.
The live auction will be occurring on December 14, 2020, 14:00 EST. More information on the Sotheby’s website.