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Winter - Yosemite Valley

1959
20th Century
8 1/2 in. x 6 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 16.19 cm)

Ansel Adams, American, (1902–1984)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Alice Harwood, class of 1924
Accession Number: 1986.26.12
Ansel Adams left his mark as a photographer primarily by his extensive work photographing the natural wonders of Yosemite Valley and beyond. This image is a microcosm of his extensive body of work. In contrast to the subject matter of some of Adams’ better-known works--such as The Golden Gate, San Francisco (displayed nearby) and Moon and Half Dome--this small portion of a pine tree covered in snow may not seem very remarkable, but it conveys the same aesthetic charm of nature that his more majestic pieces boast—but in a more intimate way.

An excellent example of straight photography, this image represents a tiny piece of a landscape as one might see it in person, upon crouching next to a pine tree on a wooded path to pick up an acorn. It transports the mind’s eye to that “vast edifice of stone and space” that Adams came to know so well and extends an invitation for a leisurely winter’s day walk through the “glitter of green” represented thoughtfully and clearly in black and white. Adams has captured a pocket of “golden wonder” that might go unnoticed on an ordinary walk through the woods.

--Iona de la Torre, December 2015

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Dimensions
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. x 6 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 16.19 cm) Measured by Daniels, Stacie
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm) Measured by Daniels, Stacie

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