by Bonnie Alter, London
We are always extolling the virtues of garage sales; the joy of recycling and re-using and respecting perfectly good finds. And then there is the joy of Ansel Adams' photography: he was one of the original environmentalists who understood the beauty and inspirational quality of nature. Imagine these two coming together: a man in California bought a box of old negatives at a garage sale ten years ago for $45.
Now it turns out that the 65 glass plates may be Adams' negatives and worth $200M ... or not.
Ansel Adams was the father of American photography. Working in the western states of the USA from the 1930's until his death in 1984, he loved and photographed the scenery of Yosemite National Park and the natural beauty of the wilderness. He was passionate about the environment and way ahead of the times in his causes: the preservation of wilderness, fighting for new wilderness areas, saving the redwoods, endangered sea lions and sea otters, clean air and water. He fought against overbuilt highways, billboards and turning parks into resorts with private concessionaires.
The glass negative plates were taken between 1919 and 1930, during a period when most of his work was later destroyed by fire.
But are they the garage find of the year or not? As always in the art world, nothing is certain... read more story at TreeHugger.com