ANSEL ADAMS LOS ANGELES

In 1940 Los Angeles had a population of 1.5 million. The cost of gas was 10 cents and a new car was $700. The U.S. began rearming for World War II and the prestigious Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation industry in the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects. But when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included.

In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: "The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good... I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value... At any event, I do not want them back." But as many critics will agree, sometimes an artist is not always the best judge of their own work.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) created some of the most influential photographs ever made; he was one of the 20th century's leading exponents of environmental values. It seems that every third family in America has an Adams' poster on the wall, images that were difficult to make but easy to love. His images portray a romanticized and unspoiled Western American landscape, but Ansel Adams Los Angeles is a whole other body of work that is rarely discussed, let alone seen.

drkrm, with the cooperation of the The Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, are offering rare opportunitly to own a limited edition silver-gelatin print made from these historic Ansel Adams original negatives. These 60 dramatic black and white photographs, available to the public for the first time, and are offered for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LAPL.

All prints are Selenium toned Silver Gelatin Fiber Prints hand-processed from the original negatives and archivally matted and framed.

Prints are available in three editions:
12x12" image on 16x20" ed of 40
$2500 framed

18x18" image on 20x24" ed of 8
$10,000 framed

28x28"image on 30x40" ed of 3
availability and price on request


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