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July 27, 2010

Ansel's grandson has doubts about authenticity of alleged Ansel Adams negatives found in SoCal

The parrotsphere across the internets was buzzing today with news of lost Ansel Adams negatives found in Southern California, but Ansel's grandson, Matthew Adams, writes on the Ansel Adams Gallery blog that conclusive evidence that these belong to Ansel Adams is just not there. He points, among other things, to handwriting inconsistencies and plenty of misspellings.

The whole thing got started at CNN, which does not mention the comments by Matthew Adams in their story, but has multiple quotes from the experts used by the art dealer's group to authenticate these. The art dealer promoting these new "lost negatives" is looking at a price of $200 million (corrected: $200 million, not $200,000!).

We now turn to our resident "Grumpy Photographer" for his take: "I guess CNN didn't want to spoil their story with counter-arguments. If they had cast doubt about the authenticity of the negatives, their story wouldn't have spread virally like it did!"


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