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The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

In 1941 the National Park Service commissioned Adams to create a photomural for the Department of Interior building in Washington, DC. The project’s aim was to capture the grandeur of nature as exemplified and protected by the U. S. National Parks. Although Adams shot over 225 images—including eleven views in the Grand Tetons—the project was curtailed by World War II and never resumed. Nonetheless, Adams continued to print and market many of these images, creating an iconic body of work that not only solidified his reputation as the country’s premiere landscape photographer, but also helped to stimulate a renewed interest in and expansion of the National Parks system during the 1940s.

Ansel Adams
American, 1902–1984
The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
1942
Gelatin silver print
Image/sheet: 15 11/16 x 19 1/8 in. (39.8 x 48.6 cm); mount: 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.65.9

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