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Surprises Found In Ansel Adams Collection At L.A. Public Library

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Turns out, when iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams wasn't off in the wilderness, he was hired for commercial jobs, like documenting Los Angeles' aviation industry for Fortune magazine and capturing street scenes of 1940s life. According to NPR, Adams donated the collection to the Los Angeles Public Library in the 1960s estimating the value at $100 stating, "The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good." No current estimate has yet been given on the actual value the collection.