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Ansel Adams "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" 1941
[Celebrating The Negative]
1941 (original image) 2008 (publication)
Gelatin silver print
Carmel Highlands, California, 5.84
"I observed a fantastic scene as we approached the village of Hernandez," wrote Ansel Adams in his autobiography. "I steered the station wagon into the deep shoulder along the road and jumped outÓyelling [at my companions], 'Get this! Get that, for God's sake! We don't have much time!"
"After the first exposure I quickly reversed the 8 x 10 film holder to make a duplicate negativeÓbut as I pulled out the slide the sunlight left the crosses and the magical moment was gone forever." It was October 31, 1941, just after four p.m. Halloween. Adams had his treat. "I knew it was special when I released the shutter," he said.
"During my first years of printing the Moonrise negative, I allowed some random clouds in the upper sky area to show, although I had visualized the sky in very deep values and almost cloudless," he added.
Shortly after Adams' death in 1984, his widow Virginia posed with the negative on a light box ( far left) along with the cloudy and relatively cloudless prints
made from it.
This photograph is included in the portfolio Celebrating the Negative photographs by published by John Loengard, Etherton Gallery (2008), pl. 12
All photographs copyright « John Loengard. Gelatin silver prints printed by Chuck Kelton, Kelton Labs, New York City, under the direct supervision of John Loengard. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Warm Glossy paper. Design and portfolio box construction by Jace Graf, Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas.
Celebrating The Negative/Photographs by John Loengard was published by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, in March, 2008, in an edition of eighteen portfolios, including fifteen numbered copies and three artist's proofs.