Ansel Adams

Surf Sequence, No. 1, San Mateo County Coast, California

1940, printed 1981
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One morning while driving along California's coastal Highway One, Ansel Adams was struck with the idea of making a sequence: "I noted that below me was a nice curve of rockfall fronting the beach. The surf was streaming over the beach, barely touching the rocks and creating one beautiful pattern after another. I realized that I could perhaps make a series of images that might become a sequence …" Surf Sequence is both cinematographic and musical in its rhythmic progression of images. Although each of the five images had different exposures, Adams ensured they were tonally harmonious in their printing and uniformly cropped, and that they could work graphically in any order.
Artist
Title
Surf Sequence, No. 1, San Mateo County Coast, California
Date
1940, printed 1981
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
27.8 x 32.6 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1987
Accession number
29743