Figurehead Gallery Group Show: The Legacy of Ansel Adams & Minor White

October 26th, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Golden Decade


The Legacy Of Ansel Adams And Minor White

Reception:  Sunday, November 4, 2012, 1-4 pm

Exhibit:  November 1-December 1, 2012


Buckskin Gulch, Paria River Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Utah, copyright 1969 Philip Hyde. Baby Deardorff 4X5 large format view camera. Buckskin Gulch is the featured image on the announcement for The Legacy of Ansel Adams and Minor White show.

Photographs by Ansel Adams, Minor White, Philip Hyde, Bill Heick, Charles Wong, David Johnson, Benjamen Chinn, Ira Latour, Zoe Brown, John Upton, Gerald Ratto, Stan Zrnich, Pat Harris, Don Whyte, Lee Blodget, Fred Hill, Helen Howell, Harold Zegart, Cameron Macauley, Stephen Goldstine, Bob Hollingsworth, Al Richter and Leonard Zielaskewitz.

The Figurehead Gallery in Downtown Livermore is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs of the first students of the Photography Department at the California School of Fine Arts, now the San Francisco Art Institute. Founded by Ansel Adams, directed by Minor White, and staffed by such luminaries as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Lisette Model, and Edward Weston, the first photography department in the US to teach creative photography as a full-time profession began in 1945 at the California School of Fine Art, now the San Francisco Art Institute. The importance of the school and its influence, not only on West Coast Photography but on photography as a whole, has been far-reaching, lasting well into the 21st century. Along with approximately 100 former student’s vintage and modern photographic prints, also on view will be several vintage prints by Ansel Adams on loan from his granddaughter, Sylvia Desin.

Several of the photographers, now in their 80’s and 90’s, will be in attendance as well as many family members of the photographers who have passed away. David Leland Hyde will include his father Philip Hyde’s vintage and more recent color photographs in the exhibition. Ken Ball and Victoria Whyte Ball, daughter of Philip Hyde’s classmate Don Whyte, opened the Figurehead Gallery to honor her father and the other photographers of the Golden Decade and to showcase local art from the East Bay Area.
The Figurehead Gallery
Old Theater Mall
2222 2nd Street, Suites 20 & 21
Livermore, CA 94550


  1. Now I would enjoy going to that but my schedule will not allow. Hope it alls goes well, David.

  2. Thanks, Monte. It’s difficult to fit everything in this Fall. Seems busier than usual this season.

  3. Greg Russell says:

    This sounds like a fantastic show. Thanks for sharing David. I don’t think I’ll be able to squeeze a visit up to the Bay Area during November, but I would love to see this.

    Beautiful image of your dad’s here as well…

  4. Hi Greg, I imagine this show will be another superb one, as the Golden Decade show was at Smith Andersen North in Marin County. Unfortunately, it’s possible that I might not even make it to the show either. We’ll see. It would be great to see all my Dad’s associates again. They’re all over 90 years old now, those that are still around. Very interesting people and photographers.

  5. Anil Rao says:

    Thanks for the heads up, David. I won’t be in town during the opening reception but since I live in San Jose I do plan to see the show later in the month.

  6. Hi Anil, Sad to hear you will miss the opening because some of the photographers will talk, but if you can make the show that’s the next best thing. Please let me know what you see that you like…

  7. Looks great! You had mentioned earlier they you were going to try and do an exhibit at the kimball?? That I could make!!

  8. Hi Derrick, Did I say that? I don’t remember even knowing about that museum. Maybe I had seen something about it somewhere. You are talking about the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, right?

  9. Hi David. Well, as usual, I will not be in attendance but it sounds like you might miss it also. So much good stuff happens 3000 miles away.
    I hope the show is a huge success.

  10. Hi Steve, Turns out I will probably make the opening after all. Thank you for wishing the show success.

  11. Hi David – yes, forgive my cell phone spelling – the Kimbell in Ft. Worth. I’ve seen a very nice Ansel Adams exhibit there, your dad’s work would fit in nicely!

  12. Hi Derrick, thanks for the recommendation. I didn’t mean to belittle your spelling, I just wanted to be sure to get the right place. It sounds like a great museum and their website looks interesting. I’ll put it on the long list of things to look into, sigh… I wish I could be three or four people.

  13. Mark says:

    This sounds like a great exhibit, I wish I could attend. It also has me thinking about how amazing it must have been to attend such a school back when so many influential photographers were there.

  14. Hi Mark, I appreciate your thoughts. What a great time and opportunity to be involved in. My father always felt very blessed and grateful for the experience.

  15. Sharon says:

    Wonderful news, David. I hope you can send some pictures of the exhibit. I would really enjoy seeing them.


  16. Hi Sharon, This time we may get some documentary photographs of the exhibition. I’m not sure when. Ken Ball said he would be making some and I may too because I’ll be going to see the show this weekend.

  17. This would be something that I would be very excited to attend if I had been able to, and not residing in Norway, David! What an honor, and pleasure, it would have been to meet you and some of these extraordinary photographers as well.

    Wish you the best of luck with the show, David!
    Seung Kye

  18. Hi Seung Kye, It would be an honor to meet you as well. The group of photographers is shrinking all the time. There were only about nine of them alive at the opening this time. They are all in their 90s. Talk about an honor. Conversing with these guys is a real treat. I would have given anything to be at that opening, but I was over-obligated here.

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