'Best of best' of Ansel Adams' photos on display

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Updated: 3/17 6:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the last years of his life, Ansel Adams pored over thousands of negatives he'd carefully stored since his teens, setting aside 70 he determined would stand as his greatest works.

Adams agreed to personally print, sign and sell sets of 25 pictures made from them — but only to serious collectors. Photos from one of those rare collections go on display Tuesday at the J. Paul Getty Museum. They are part of the exhibition "In Focus: Ansel Adams."

Although several of the art photography pioneer's most iconic works are included, curator Karen Hellman says it is unlikely even Adams scholars have seen prints of this quality.

That's because Adams was working with an unmatched intensity during those years, determined to put the best face on his best work.

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