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    Artist Name:

    Ansel Adams

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1902–1984


    Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico




    Gelatin silver print


    15 1/4 x 19 5/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase in honor of Mrs. C. Peter Siegenthaler, President of the Members Guild, 1974-1975

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    Adams, who was known for his technical skill, timed the exposure of this image perfectly to capture the juxtaposition of the moon with the brightly lit crosses of the foreground. Taken in late afternoon, Adams found a fleeting moment of exquisite lighting. He intended this work to be his contribution to the war effort as he was looking to portray a heroic image to remind Americans what was at stake at home.

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