Ansel ADAMS, High country crags and moon, sunrise, Kings Canyon National Park, California Enlarge 1 /1

Ansel ADAMS

San Francisco, California, United States of America 1902 – Carmel, California, United States of America 1984

High country crags and moon, sunrise, Kings Canyon National Park, California c.1935
Collection Title: Ansel Adams Museum Set
Place made: California, United States of America
Creation Notes: printed 1980
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 26.0 h x 34.0 w cm mount 40.4 h x 50.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 81.3064.13

Ansel Adams often photographed his great subject – the landscapes of the American West – at sunset or twilight. As he noted, ‘what may be drab and uninteresting by daylight may assume a magnificent quality and mood in the half-light between sunset and dark.’ But as well as showing a place in a different light, twilight’s darkness also met pictorial ends. In the darkroom, Adams dodged and burned his prints to make more certain the darkness he wanted in his images. There is no doubt that the intense blackness that comprises the foreground and sky in this famous image of Kings Canyon National Park is an artefact of Adams’s work in the darkroom.


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