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Over 500 People Attend Golden Decade Exhibition

September 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Exhibitions and Other Events

Over 500 People Attend Golden Decade Exhibition: Vintage Prints of Ansel Adams’ Students Sell Well

Over 500 People attended the Smith Anderson North Gallery pre-publication release exhibition for the new book: The Golden Decade: California School of Fine Arts Photography 1945-1955 about the first ten years of Ansel Adams’ photography program.


Golden Decade Exhibition, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo, California, 2010 by David Leland Hyde.

San Anselmo, Calif.Sep 21, 2010 – The Golden Decade Exhibition, which is being scheduled to tour museums, includes the work of 32 photographers who studied with Ansel Adams during the first decade of his San Francisco photography program while Minor White was lead instructor after World War II and Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham and others guest lectured.

The Golden Decade Exhibition including works by such names as Pirkle Jones, Ruth Marion Baruch, Philip Hyde, William Heick, Pat Harris, Bob Hollingsworth, Cameron Macauley, Ira Latour, Benjamen Chinn, Rose Mandel, David Johnson, John Upton and others continues through October 15th at Smith Anderson North Gallery, 20 Greenfield Lane, San Anselmo, California. “There is currently a lot of energy around the work from this period,” said Scott Nichols, collector and owner of Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. Smith Anderson North sold more than 30 vintage prints the first day of the show including one by Philip Hyde that was the first to sell.

A number of the Golden Decade photographers participated in photography’s historical events such as The Family of Man Exhibition (1955, New York and international venues) and The Perceptions Exhibition (1954, San Francisco), and many of these California School of Fine Arts photographers were prominently featured in the early issues of Aperture magazine. A number of Golden Decade photographers have had books published, notably Pirkle Jones with his wife, Ruth Marion Baruch, John Upton and Philip Hyde whose photographs were the first used for land conservation with the ground-breaking Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series.

For more information, see also the Landscape Photography Blogger blog post, “Over 500 People Attend Golden Decade Opening.”

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