From Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California

1942 (photographed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Place Of Origin


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
Photograph, 'From Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California', gelatin-silver print, Ansel Adams, United States, 1942
Physical Description
  • Height: 34.6cm
  • Width: 26.6cm
Credit line
Given by Virginia and Ansel Adams. Used by permission of the Trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, all rights reserved
Object history
Ansel Adams is well-known for his portrayal of the mountain ranges, deserts, rivers and skies of the western United States. Adams was a passionate lover of the vast American wilderness and an active conservationist. He commented, "my approach to photography is based on my belief in the vigour and values of the world of nature - in the aspects of grandeur and of the minutiae all about us." Having trained as a pianist before turning to photography in 1927, Adams often discussed his process of composition in musical terms.
Bibliographic Reference
Moore, Andrew and Nigel Larkin, eds. Art at the Rockface. The Fascination of Stone.London : Philip Wilson Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0903101793.
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record createdJuly 25, 2003
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