Nevada Fall, Yosemite National Park, c.1932 Gelatin silver print, mounted on slick white board, signed, titled, and inscribed 'for Albert Bender - May 1934' in pencil on the mount. 7 3/4 x 6 7/8in
Provenance: From the photographer to Albert Bender; by descent to present owner
Literature: Letters and Images, p. 174, variant; Seeing Straight, pl. 57
Ansel Adams first met Albert Bender at a party in Berkeley in 1926. Bender was a very successful insurance man and an important patron to many Bay Area institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco among others. Bender was so impressed with Ansel's photographs that he insisted on sponsoring the photographer's first photograph portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. From that point on they had mutual admiration and respect for one another for the rest of their lives. Lots 8 and 9 also come from the Albert Bender collection.