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The Prize

"Diamond Mesa" by Ansel Adams

  • Year created: 1938
  • 9" x 7"
  • This item is framed
  • Limited edition 190 of 500 
  • Vintage Photographic paper
  • Retail Value: $1,800

"Diamond Mesa", a stunning Ansel Adams limited edition of 500 from his Epic 1938 work “Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail”. The work was used as a sophisticated lobbying tool while Congress was voting on the establishment of Kings Canyon Grand National Park. Ansel Adams worked on it for nearly a year. President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept a copy for the White House – maybe this one as it ended up in the War Memorial Library of the Department of the Interior in 1939. The photograph here offered is #190/500 and was printed in 1938 in the finest half-tone process of the time. This piece is not signed by the artist but the Certificate of Authenticity will verify Ansel Adams and the edition.


The Cause

The Help A Life Foundation was formed in 2007 with the goal of housing and educating adolescent orphaned girls and providing them with a secure and supportive environment. We currently house 52 girls in a building compound capable of accommodating 56 girls and managed with a local staff of nine. Four tutorial rooms are used daily with a staff of six tutors in a range of subjects from English to Biology. 44 girls have completed high school and are at different universities throughout Ethiopia with most studying to become doctors or engineers.

These girls are selected from the surrounding villages with the collaborative effort of the local community leaders where they are housed in a gated safe group home with all living necessities provided for.

In addition, life skills training is also provided to integrate them into society as productive citizens. We currently have three self-sustaining projects, where five of the girls are managing them full-time as their careers and will be paid an according salary that allows them to integrate back into society as a proven success of Project Blue.

Much of the success of this project is due to Help a Life working directly with the local government and businesses. All of the HALF staff on Project Blue in Debre Markos are Ethiopian, and decisions are made in tandem with the local government officials.

Additional Details

  • In condition as donated.
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Item #P32320

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