Ansel Adams Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

ANSEL ADAMS
Born: February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California
Died: April 22, 1984 in Carmel, California
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One of America's most famed photographers,ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984) wrote this letter from his family home in San Francisco, where he had lived since 1903. Less than one year later, a pensive Adams would relocate to a magnificently designed new home at Carmel, California, which provided him with a needed change, a stunning ocean view and a more suitable work and exhibit space. In the winter of 1960, only a few months before he sent this letter, Adams had created one of his all-time favorite and most widely recognized photographs, the dramatic Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park. Credited with forging the advent of photography as an accepted form of fine art, the former student of music did not approach the field seriously until 1927. By 1932, he had co-founded the innovative Group f/64, which included noted colleagues Willard Van Dyke, Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston. The Group set a new direction for creative photography by promoting it on its own merits rather than as an imitation of other art forms, which had been the accepted practice in those days. Adams published his first book, Making a Photograph (1935), and taught photography at the Art Center School in Los Angeles in 1940. It was there that he developed the instructional technique called the Zone System: a process of predetermining the tonal values of the subject to be photographed that will reproduce in the final print. This system revolutionized the approach to photography for students and professionals. In securing a place for photography as a fine art, Adams directed the world's first collection of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A fervent conservationist since his youth, he served as a long-time Director of the Sierra Club. Adams' love of nature and passion for photography are emphasized in his books, including My Camera in the National Parks (1950), Photographs of the Southwest (1976) and Ansel Adams, An Autobiography (1985). In 1980, Adams was honored with the National Medal of Freedom, presented by President Jimmy Carter, for his visionary efforts to preserve nature's beauty "both on film and on Earth."
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  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams sends a MEMO in 1959 regarding New Year's cards, the weather and a claim for damages against the post office. Typed Document signed: "Ansel", Faces drawn around the filing holes at left margin, ink circles around "Nicholas Dean and Family!!" and around "AA" 1p.

    Sale Price $595.00

    $700.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSAnsel Adams types a letter to Nick Dean while traveling Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel", 1p, 8½x11. New York,12 January 1957. On his personal letterhead. To Nick Dean.

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams types a letter to Nick Dean Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel", 1p, 8½x11. San Francisco, California,29 July 1957. On his personal letterhead. To Nick [Dean].

    Sale Price $658.75

    $775.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. The photographer's personal address is printed on the card. Dated December 31, 1957.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSAnsel Adams types a letter to Nick Dean about problems with the gilding and non-gilding light differences when transferred to engravings Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel", 1p, 8½x11. San Francisco, California,31 December 1957. On his personal letterhead. To Nick [Dean].

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe San Francisco native typed this letter and sent it to Meroe unsigned Annotated Typed Letter Unsigned: 8½x11. Two pages. Dated January 23, 1963. Features Adams' personal letterhead.

    Sale Price $270.00

    $300.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer signed this letter featuring a message about his continuing career and his new home Autograph Note Signed: "Ansel". 7¼x10½. One page letter. Letter dated September 22, 1957. Featuring letterhead from the Hawaiiana Hotel.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams signs a picture postcard of his photograph of "Bridalveil Falls/Yosemite National Park, California". Picture postcard inscribed and signed: "For Lionel A./Aucoin/Best Wishes/Ansel Adams/Carmel, California/2.3.75" on verso of postcard. B/w, 4¼x6.

    Sale Price $467.50

    $550.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe nature photographer penned his autograph on this menu from the Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 33¾x21. Menu signed: "Ansel/Adams", 4p, 5½x8½, front and verso (display is windowed to show luncheon menu on verso). The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley, 1953 August 16.

    Sale Price $1,360.00

    $1,600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe photographer signed this postcard with his Trailside photograph on verso. Framed in the Gallery of History Style to be 27¼x16¼. Postcard signed: "Ansel Adams" on verso. B/w, 5¾x4. Depicts his photograph, Trailside, near Juneau, Alaska. Windowed on verso of display.

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photograph signed this photograph of the Redwoods in California, which is framed to a total size of 20¼x25¾ Postcard signed: "Ansel Adams" on verso. B/w, 5¾x4. Depicts his photograph, Redwoods, Northern California.Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was born in San Francisco, California.

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe California native signed this message in red ink Poem Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated ca. 1960. Features his address printed along top. Additional Message In Full: "Honest, its coming! I am home from the Southland, and am glad! Much more soon.

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe California native signed this letter fragment that discusses the Sierra Club's controversial ousting of David Brower as Executive Director Typed Letter Fragment Signed: "Ansel". 8½x11. One page.

    Sale Price $850.00

    $1,000.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams types a letter to Nick Dean asking for him to make a list of outstanding money that Nick Dean owes to Ansel Adams. Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel", 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1959 January 2. On memo paper to Nick [Dean].

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams sends New Year's wishes Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel" & dated "1-4-63" by himon verso of 5½x3¼ postcard. San Francisco, California, 1962 January 4. New Year's wishes to a couple in Mass. & tells them he is ill.

    Sale Price $324.00

    $360.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message about the errands he has to run Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated January 12, 1959. In Part: "I have called the Kennedys about Nicholas vs Nick.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel" in pencil. 5½x3¼. One page. Dated January 20, 1961. Features the photographer's address printed along the side.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this letter regarding his workshops Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 8½x11. One page. Dated February 15, 1971. On the photographer's personal letterhead.

    Sale Price $850.00

    $1,000.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message regarding the awful weather Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated February 20, 1962. The photographer's personal address is printed on the card.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe nature photographer from San Francisco, California, signed this letter regarding his friend's new exhibit Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated February 24, 1960. Features his address printed along the top.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message congratulating a friend on his new exhibition Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated February 29, 1960. Features his address printed along the top.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer signed this letter featuring a message regarding various projects Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 8½x11. Two pages. Dated March 7, 1960. Featuring the photographer's personal letterhead.

    Sale Price $850.00

    $1,000.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe California native signed this postcard that features a typed message Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 6x4¼. One page. Dated March 15, 1971. Features a b/w image of a mountain on verso. In Full (with grammatical mistakes): "Glad to hear from you.

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message regarding his workshops Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated March 18, 1965.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe California native signed this message in pencil Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated April 18, 1959. In Full (with grammatical

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams types a letter about his plans for the next month. Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel," 1p, 6x4¼. No place,1971 April 20. To Henwar and Olga. In full: "Feeling pretty good these days; still lousy diet! x Off to Yosemite on 22nd.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated April 21, 1968. In Part:

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMS Ansel Adams types a letter of introduction for his friend Ka Morias. Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel Adams", ¼p, 8½x11. Carmel, California, 1976 April 22. On his personal letterhead. In full: "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN It is my pleasure to introduce

    Sale Price $722.50

    $850.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message about how tired he is from his trip Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated May 6, 1959. In Part: "Enjoyed the visit with you - terribly sorry it could not have been a longer one.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • ANSEL ADAMSThe American photographer penned his signature on this typed message regarding some of his projects Typed Letter Signed: "Ansel". 5½x3¼. One page. Dated May 9, 1965.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

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