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Getty Museum acquires Ansel Adams photos chosen by Adams himself

A portrait of photographer Ansel Adams.
A portrait of photographer Ansel Adams.
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The Getty Museum has made a brand new acquisition: 25 photos by the renowned photographer Ansel Adams. The images are said to be in pristine condition, and it was Adams who selected these pictures himself.

A few years before he died, Adams sorted through nearly seven decades of his own photography, selecting a small number of pictures for what he called his "Museum Set."

He offered it for sale to any collector who would promise to eventually donate the photos to a museum, and in 1981, Leonard and Marjorie Vernon of Los Angeles stepped up. The set has stayed in the family until now.

Their daughter Carol Vernon and her husband are donating those photos to the Getty.

Among the more than two dozen photographs are nine vistas from Yosemite, three from the Sierra Nevadas, two from Alaska and three from Northern California. It includes a piece called "Golden Gate," taken before the bridge was built.

Curators at the Getty say this Museum Set will help us better understand how Adams wanted future generations to see his work.

Correction: This story originally said the photos were an exhibit. They are not on exhibit yet. Apologies.