The camera of Ansel Adams–the man that single handedly changed photography with his zone metering system theories and practices–will have his famous view camera auctioned off next month on July 9th. Specifically, we’re talking about his Arca Swiss 4×5 view camera that he used from 1964 to 1968. The camera will be auctioned off by the Revival Auction company along with loads of old Leica gear.
The camera is expected to go a high as $300,000 but we all know that it may end up being much higher than that. According to the listing, it’s in excellent condition still.
Later on in Adams’ life, he gave the camera to Liliane DeCock, his full-time photographic assistant. She passed away in 2013, and her son took over the ownership of the camera. He states that the lens works, the bellows doesn’t let any light in, and the shutter still totally works. Additionally, no CLA has been done to the camera since.
Beyond this though, this may be the first time one of his cameras has been auctioned off.
Expect this bidding to be very tense.