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Ansel Adams

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California
1944/printed 1978
gelatin silver print
14 1/2 x 19 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason. Used with permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.

One of Adams’s most popular images, this dramatic contrast of light and shadow shows the world as an uninhabited wilderness. The crisply etched, snowy pinnacles of the Sierra Nevada loom over a band of nearly black foothills. The lone horse suggests domestication and the endurance of natural beauty.