Ansel Adams (1902-1984), Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1941, gelatin silver mural print, flush-mounted on a layered wooden panel, printed 1961. Price Realized: $545,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd
NEW YORK, NY— The Range of Light: Photographs by Ansel Adams, an auction dedicated solely to the work of this preeminent American artist has achieved a combined total of $6,375,563. Offered by Christie’s New York on April 3, the photography sale featured 25 lots that attracted new and seasoned buyers. Included in the sale is a wide variety of the photographer’s best-known images and rare, large-format ‘mural’ prints. The top lot at this art sale that celebrated Adams’ colossal talent and his meticulous creative process was Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1941. It realized: $545,000.
Laura Paterson, Photographs Specialist, New York, remarked:“We are very pleased with the results of the dedicated auction of photographs by Ansel Adams. The strong prices achieved by the sale are indicative of the demand for the artist’s extremely rare and technically flawless mural prints.”
Philippe Garner, International Head of Photographs and the sale’s Auctioneer, continued:
The Photographs auction saw enthusiasm from the international marketplace that ranged across period and style. Artists whose work commanded particularly strong prices included Irving Penn, Francesca Woodman and Desiree Dolron. We were also delighted by the success of the works from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, which realized a combined total of $401,063. This selection of works was led by Richard Avedon’s Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 1981, which realized $137,000.
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams
“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams
“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams
“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ― Ansel Adams
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation, and execution.― Ansel Adams
I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!