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Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico

Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico

Artist: Ansel Adams (American, 1902 - 1984)
Date: 1941 (printed 1980)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 15 3/16 x 19 1/4 in. (38.6 x 48.9 cm)
Support: 15 3/16 × 19 1/4 in. (38.6 × 48.9 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of anonymous donor, 2013
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.7
Description
Late on the afternoon of October 31, 1941, as Ansel Adams returned from photographing in northern New Mexico, he noticed the moon rising above the mountains, illuminating the village of Hernandez along with its church and cemetery. He and his companions stopped the car and Adams quickly set up his 8 x 10 view camera to make a picture. His light meter was missing, so he guessed at the proper exposure and had time to make only one exposure before the scene changed. The image became one of the artist’s most famous and beloved pictures and he printed it hundreds of times, interpreting the scene a little differently with each print. It continues to be an enduring symbol of the beauty and mystery of New Mexico.
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