Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico
1941
Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
Not on View

Adams is famous for his dramatic photographs of the natural world. Inspired by the landscape of the American West, his imagery established the standard by which nature photography has been judged for the past 60 years. Among his most celebrated images is "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," taken on Halloween. Here, Adams captures the intense, emotional response he experienced watching the rising moon illuminate the small town of Hernandez, New Mexico. One critic noted that Adams's photographs "transcend the simple description of objects and landscape; they depict transient aspects of light, atmosphere and natural phenomena." This observation is certainly true of this enchanted image, in which an otherwise ordinary evening in a seemingly deserted city has been transformed into a powerful, mystical moment in time.

Details

  • Artist Name: Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)
  • Title: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico
  • Date: 1941
  • Medium: Gelatin silver halide print
  • Dimensions: Image: 10-3/8 x 13-9/16 in. (26.4 x 34.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
  • Accession Number: PH.1969.76
  • Copyright: © 2008 Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Object Information

The Universe: Creation, Constellations and the Cosmos

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2001-02-04 to 2001-06-04
Gloria Williams, The Collectible Moment: Catalogue of Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum, cat. 1 p. 114
Listen
Audio Tour
English | Español
Read
Audio Tour Transcript
English | Español
Escuchar
Audioguía
English | Español
Leer
Transcripción de Audioguía
English | Español

Additional Artwork by Artist

Aspens, New Mexico Ansel Adams 1958
Clouds Above Golden Canyon, Death Valley, California Ansel Adams 1946
Mormon Temple, Manti, Utah Ansel Adams 1948

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via the reproduction request form.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Reproduction Request Form