Golden Decade Exhibition Extended

October 18th, 2010 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-1955

Smith Andersen North Gallery Mobbed All Over Again

Exhibition Extended to November 13, 2010,

With New Closing Reception and Book Signing

Rock Formations Detail, Weston Beach, Point Lobos State Reserve, California, 1949 by Philip Hyde. This photograph made by Philip Hyde on a California School of Fine Arts class field trip to see Edward Weston at Wildcat Hill in Carmel and photograph with him on Point Lobos may have been created while Edward Weston was present. A vintage print of this photograph is on consignment at Smith Andersen North Gallery and part of the Golden Decade Exhibition and book. Philip Hyde considered Edward Weston his primary model for a simple life close to nature and dedicated to fine art photography.

A prominent feature article in the Marin Independent Journal and Contra Costa Times called, “Golden Images: Exhibit Shows Work That Helped Transform Photography Into An Art Form” recently featured Stan Zrnich, a former CSFA student and long-time resident of San Rafael, Marin County, California. Stan Zrnich spoke about the show, his photography and his years as a student at the California School of Fine Arts, now the San Francisco Art Institute, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The article brought to the event another wave of local guests that grew into another inundation of the Smith Andersen North Gallery as the article was syndicated to other newspapers around the Bay Area.

Due to the success of the Golden Decade Exhibition, it will be extended to November 13. Also, the Smith Andersen North Gallery will host a Closing Reception and Book Signing.

Closing Reception and Book Signing

Saturday, November 13, 2-6 pm

Smith Andersen North Gallery
20 Greenfield Avenue
San Anselmo, California   94960

A handful of the Golden Decade photographers will be present to meet, greet and sign books. If you weren’t able to attend the opening or didn’t get a chance to meet the photographers and get a good look at the work through the crowds, this will be the perfect opportunity to experience the show anew.

The exhibition was organized in conjunction with the pre-publication release of the book  The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, written by Ira Latour, Bill Heick and C. Cameron  Macauley and compiled by Ken Ball and Victoria Whyte Ball. For book inquiries or to reserve a copy (there are about 40 limited edition pre-published books available), please contact Ken & Victoria Ball at 925-373-0173 and let them know you heard about it on Lanscape Photography Blogger.

For more information about the Golden Decade Exhibition and the original show announcement see the blog post, “The Golden Decade: California School Of Fine Arts Photography.” For a follow-up review of the Golden Decade Opening read the blog post, “Over 500 People Attend Golden Decade Opening.”



  1. pj says:

    The rock detail photo is superb. I’ll second your dad’s thoughts on Weston.

  2. Thank you, PJ. Yes, I can see how you might relate to Edward Weston. I will write more in future blog posts about Dad’s correspondence and friendship with the father of modern photography.

  3. The success of this exhibition answers your previous questions of how your dad’s work will stand up to the changing styles of photography, David. I think the work of past masters will always be appreciated.


  4. Thank you, Sharon. Good point. Also the darkroom black and white silver printing done by this group has yet to be paralleled in any printing process. If anyone out there thinks digital black and white prints are better, go see the exhibition for yourself. Also, this show includes photographs by Pirckle Jones, who worked with Dorothea Lange and many other big names. Gerald Ratto’s people photographs of San Francisco’s Filmore have yet to be topped anywhere in any time. I could go on and on about the talent in the show, Stan Zrnich, John Upton, David Johnson, Bill Heick, Cameron Macauley, they had very different styles from each other, which says a lot for Minor White and Ansel Adams, who were masters at bringing out people’s inner talents rather than getting everyone to photograph like them, like many teachers today. The photography in the Golden Decade as a whole, I feel is unparalleled anywhere by any other group of photographers in any time. In regard to my father’s work standing up, I was just reading a great re-post by Jim M. Goldstein that I will now link to from my blog post, “Is Landscape Photography Thriving Or Dying” ( ) rejecting the idea mentioned elsewhere that the older master work is not as good as the landscape photography done today of even amateurs

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