Thursday, April 21, 2016
Moonrise, Dunkin' Donuts
Ansel Adam's most famous photograph is probably "Moonrise, Hernandez, NM." I was stunned when I saw the beautiful 16x20 inch black and white print at the George Eastman House for the first time, back in 1960. Whenever I see a moonrise, I think of his image. So when I shoot something like a moonrise at Dunkin' Donuts, it is with tongue in cheek. I go to Dunkin' Donuts every Wednesday night to buy coffee and donuts for the meeting. By the way, in 1964 when I graduated from RIT, I could have bought a 16x20 inch print of the Ansel Adams image for $175. I wish I had. I haven't checked the price of that print recently, but ten years ago, those prints were selling for $25,000. That is not a misprint. WHOA! I just did a search, and found that two "Moonrise" prints were sold and you won't believe the prices: One went for $518,500 and the other sold for $362,500. I am stunned!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:41 PM