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Ansel Adams Photo Dispute Settled (Legally, at Least) – Pulse of the Bay – The Bay Citizen

The legal dispute between the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust and Rick Norsigian, the man who bought glass-plate negatives at a garage sale in Fresno 10 years ago and attempted to prove that they were the work of famed photographer Ansel Adams, has now been resolved out of court.

Details about the settlement are confidential, according to a joint statement received today, but no money appears to have exchanged hands. The legal costs of each side’s litigation were absorbed by the individual parties.

The basic facts — the Adams Trust does not believe that the 65 images were taken by Adams, the Norsigian team believes in their authentication effort — remain open to interpretation. But the prints, priced from $7,500 to $1,500, cannot be sold with any association with the Adams’ name, although they will remain available online with a disclaimer approved by the Adams Trust.

Tellingly, in a dispute that escalated into quite a bit of name-calling, the agreement calls for an end of “defamatory statements.” As a result of a series of emails made public by Norsigian’s legal team, University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, a research center that houses Adams’ negatives and came out against the Norsigian authentication findings this past summer, after some pressure from Adams managing trustee Bill Turnage, had been added to the counterclaim filed by Norsigian. There is no mention of them in the settlement.

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via Ansel Adams Photo Dispute Settled (Legally, at Least) – Pulse of the Bay – The Bay Citizen.

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