800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Join Us On March 1st for a conversation on SFAI Photo Department from 1945 to 1955.
In conversation with Ken and Victoria Ball (editors), Jeff Gunderson (Archivist and Head Librarian) and Stefan Kirkeby (Co-owner at Casemore Kirkeby) and alumni photographers, featured in the book!
The California School of Fine Arts (CSFA) in San Francisco was among a handful of institutions in the nation to offer an extensive program in photography and film during the postwar period. Under the new directorship of Douglas McAgy, CSFA’s photography program, established by Ansel Adams and taught by Minor White, was the first in the country. The caliber of teachers such as Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange and Imogen Cunningham was unmatched anywhere, and the program soon earned a reputation as one of the most avant-garde art schools. The first decade of the program, 1945–55, spawned a unique group of photographers who went on to become important contributors to visual culture. The Golden Decade presents imagery from this time period by 32 photographers, among them Pirkle Jones, Ruth Marion Baruch, Philip Hyde and John Upton.
Reception and Book signing starts at 6pm. Conversation to follow.