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Surf Sequence #1

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Ansel Adams shot the five images of his Surf Sequence in 1940 during a drive along the Pacific Coast in California, returning from a visit to his friend Edward Weston in Carmel. Stopping along the highway overlooking the ocean, the photographer was taken by the lacy patterns that the waves...

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mount, l.l., graphite: 1. mount, verso, center, stamp seven, black ink: PHOTOGRAPH/ BY/ ANSEL ADAMS/ ROUTE 1, BOX 181/ CARMEL, CALIFORNIA/ 93921 mount, verso, center, stamp eight, black ink: TITLE/ CREDIT/ DATE FILM in stamp eight, black ink [not AA's hand]: Surf Sequence #1/ 4-C-217 mount, verso, l.r., graphite: 19 mount, verso, l.l., graphite: III


mount, l.r., graphite: Ansel Adams


Purchased by William H. and Saundra B. Lane from the artist, c.1973; gift to the MFA from Saundra B. Lane, December 27, 2002

Credit Line

Gift of Saundra B. Lane in honor of Clifford S. Ackley


Photograph by Ansel Adams. Used with permission of the Trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All Rights Reserved.

1940, printed 1973


Image: 26.2 x 32.2 cm (10 5/16 x 12 11/16 in.) Mount: 40.6 x 54.6 cm (16 x 21 1/2 in.) Framed: 43.5 x 57.5 x 4.1 cm (17 1/8 x 22 5/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Photograph, gelatin silver print