Ansel Adams' "Clearing Winter Storm" Sold $722.000.00

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    I am not sure he would of approved
     
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    Of course he would, he milked his print sales in his last years, with good advice & marketing and made some well deserved money from them.

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    I remember back in college during the 80's when "Moonrise Over Hernandez" was sold at Christies for for 20K. Adams said it wasn't worth that much money. I hope today's news shows that somehow, photography has greater value as art now.
     
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    These particular prints appear to have all been mural-sized, which makes them much more rare, and also people seem to love anything huge in size these days (see insane ridiculous prices for Gursky prints). So I think that all helps explain these wild prices. Afterimage gallery has a 16"x20" Moonrise printed in the 70s for $48,000. The older vintage prints are obviously worth more and are more rare.
     
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    I think the sale would have put a big smile on his face! I remember an old interview i read when Ansel talked about how he now gets $100 a print!!!!
     
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    I could be wrong but i thought the prints from Ansel in the 70's were done under his supervision but not by his hands. I read that somewhere but don't know if its 100% true.
     
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    Adams had a very large horizontal enlarger, and he made his own light source. So it's possible he printed them himself.

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    What a shame the collection wasn't kept together.
    A very real piece of photographic history scattered to the four winds.
     
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    While he was alive, any print signed by him was made by him.
     
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    See? Who sez you need to be perfect? If I remember properly, he made the print on a grade 3 paper, even though grade 2 was his normal contrast paper.
     
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    Somebody on Antiques Roadshow a couple of weeks ago had 3 AA's they picked up at a garage sale for less than $5; value was estimated at $10-15k each. One thing the appraiser commented on, is that prints he did himself, he put his full name on; prints he supervised and approved (but did not do himself), he only put his initials on.
     
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    I've always loved that about Ansel. It's tempting to get carried away with the Zone system, but then when you read about how he made his most famous images and prints, either he couldn't find the light meter, or he accidentally developed the negative in partially exhausted developer etc. And while he standardizes on Grade 2, most of the prints eventually ended up on lower or higher grades. Whenever I get too nuts about technique (like I did recently with the whole temperature/micro-reticulation discussion), I have to remind myself my favourite Adams picture is Frozen Lake and Cliffs. It was before the zone system, developed in un-exotic D-76 (partially exhausted mind you), a grainy, crappy negative that he printed on Grade 5 or 6 with much effort. But what an image!