This incredibly rare, vintage contact print of an early icon by Ansel Adams has brilliant cloud highlights and a wonderfully rich sky. Signed in pencil mount recto, along with a title “The Golden Gate” beneath the bottom left corner of the print. The reverse of the mount board features a BMFA 3 label—incredibly rare—which indicates that this print was made between 1932-35. Fortunately, the chalk-white mount board Adams used at this time has not discolored or darkened over the intervening 87 years. Ansel Adams, who grew up in the San Francisco Headlands, made this now-iconic image of the Golden Gate a year before the bridge was built. As Adams himself relates, “This photograph of the Golden Gate has always been popular… For me, it remains a very positive experience and a memory of an impressive day” (Examples, 21). Some of Adams’s greatest images are of clearing storms, this one included, which seem to communicate some universally-relevant meaning. The capricious coastline is known for its many moods, and in this example Adams has recorded it in a glorious moment of integration.