Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona1937 by Ansel Adams

Printed 1981.

"O’Keeffe is supremely happy and painting, as usual, supremely swell things. When she goes out riding with a blue shirt, black vest and black hat, she scampers around against the thunder clouds—I tell you, it’s something."
—Ansel Adams in letter to Alfred Stieglitz, September 23, 1937

With a 35mm camera, Ansel Adams captured a smiling, flirtatious O’Keeffe with Ghost Ranch’s head wrangler, Orville Cox, standing on the rim of Canyon de Chelly. Against a dramatic sky, her face is framed by her wide brimmed hat and wrap, beneath which can be glimpsed a silver cuff bracelet, one of her few pieces of jewelry.
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