The work of Adams is completely figurative but his approach is new. Like the best abstract painters, he considers that his art must express his emotion. To reconcile these opposites, a technical perfection is required. An exceptional technician, he finds the recipes that meet his demand.
When shooting, very small apertures ensure a total sharpness, the judicious choice of the filter anticipates the expression of the emotion and the snapshot is carried out at the best moment of an ephemeral lighting due to a cloudy sky or a moon light.
After the war Adams reuses his best negatives to prepare mural size prints that are highly appreciated by companies for a spectacular decoration of their offices. Two major auction sales have been made : a Californian collection at Christie's on April 11, 2008 and the Polaroid collection at Sotheby's on June 21 and 22, 2010. In both cases the detailed dates of the prints had not been archived.
Moonrise, Hernandez NM is the most famous work by Adams. The 100 x 144 cm print made for Polaroid in the 1950s or 1960s was sold for $ 520K including premium in 2010 and is estimated $ 400K for sale by Christie's in New York on April 6, lot 232.
Clearing winter storm is his most spectacular mountain scenery. The 103 x 139 cm print made in the early 1970s for the Californian collection was sold for $ 480K including premium in 2008 and is estimated $ 300K on April 6 in the same sale as above, lot 235. The 98 x 132 cm print of the same view for Polaroid was sold for $ 720K including premium in 2010.
Yosemite : SOLD for $ 560K including premium
Moonrise : Unsold