A Storied Photograph: Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”

 

Lot 99: ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, mural-sized silver print, 1948, printed early to mid 1950s. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.

Lot 99: Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, mural-sized silver print, 1948, printed early to mid-1950s. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.

 

Our upcoming auction Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks taps into the dual nature of the photographic medium as a vehicle for both fine art and narrative. The top lot of the sale is a mural-sized silver print of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1948, an iconic photograph by the influential American photographer and environmentalist, Ansel Adams. In this video, Swann Galleries’ Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks Daile Kaplan shares the story behind Adams capturing this striking image, as well as the storied tale of this particular 1950’s mural-sized print, which has passed through the hands of Polaroid co-founder Edwin Land and Nobel Prize winner Edward Mills Purcell. 

 

 

For a look at more photographs by Ansel Adams and many other storied photographers, view the complete catalogue