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Ansel Adams

North Dome, Basket Dome, Mount Hoffman, Yosemite
about 1935
silver print
6 1/2 x 8 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. Used with permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.

A bird’s eye view of Mt. Hoffman, one of Yosemite’s highest peaks, speaks of Adams’s reverence for the magnificence of our earth. He credited his first impressions of Yosemite as “coloring and modulating his life.” His images of familiar Yosemite sights have, in turn, influenced generations of photographers, professional and amateur alike.