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The saga of Ansel Adams and Uncle Earl continues

on August 31, 2010

The art expert who helped to establish that a box of photo negatives from a Fresno garage sale was the lost work of Ansel Adams recently had a change of heart about the images.

Robert Moeller III, a former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, had initially said the negatives came from Adams, but recently told The Bay Citizen that the images are instead probably the work of an unknown photographer named Earl Brooks.

Moeller’s reversal came after reviewing photographs furnished by Earl Brook’s niece, 87-year-old Marian Walton of Oakland.

Walton came forward with the photos after she saw a news report about the lost negatives and recognized one image that resembled a picture by her Uncle Earl.

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