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With Coming Sale, the World Looks to Ansel Adams For Relief

By November 19, 2020ASMP Legends, Current News

Screenshot of article posted on Pro Photo DailyCross-posted from Pro Photo Daily
[by David Schonauer]

Can Ansel Adams save the world in 2020?

“In a world where the president of the United States has been actively working to undermine established environmental regulations, and in a world where each passing year can be marked with ice caps gushing more water into the oceans,” Adams’s meticulous documentation of American landscapes and passionate stance for environmental conservation may be just what we need, noted the Observer news site recently.

Adams is making headlines this month, ahead of a December 14 Sotheby’s sale that will see a massive collection of his work auctioned off. The sale will spotlight “the holy grail of Ansel Adams collections,” exclaimed the Observer. Amassed by longtime collector and oil company CEO David H. Arrington, the collection represents one of the most significant and impressive private collections of Adams’s work in the world. More than 100 of Adams’s most iconic photos will be sold. Among the lots is a print of “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” that is estimated to bring in between $700,000 and $1,000,000.

Editor’s Note: Ansel Adams was an ASMP Member.

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