Traditional Posting – Image and Descriptions
“El Capitan, Merced River, Swimmers” (left): taken during the summertime, this lovely and virtually unknown photograph of Yosemite’s spectacular monolith, El Capitan, features swimmers, bathers, picnickers and summertime fun along the banks of the Merced River. If you look carefully, Ansel skillfully captures the diminutive size of humans in relation to the grand backdrop of one of the most extraordinary landscapes on Earth. This rare and sentimental photograph had been given to family members of Ansel Adams, and has just recently become available.
“Farm Workers, Paul Masson Vineyards” (center): In 1959, Ansel Adams was commissioned by the Paul Masson Vineyards, to photograph their winery, he asked Pirkle Jones to join the project. The images document many of the processes necessary to produce a bottle of wine – from plowing a field with a workhorse to the picking of grapes. An exhibition of these photographs touring the United States, known as “The Story of a Winery”, was sponsored by the Smithsonian in the 1960s. This beautiful example is an original vintage photograph from that time period, in an oversized 14×11 inch format, and has been remarkably preserved in “Excellent” condition. It is well-priced at $4,500.