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A Pageant of Photography
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Morley, Grace
Date Created and/or Issued
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco Bay Exposition Company
Rights Notes
Copyright 1940, S. F. Bay Exposition Co. Operating Golden Gate International Exposition. Publishers, Crocker-Union, S. F.
Date of Copyright
A survey of photography published in conjunction with the highly influential exhibition of the same name, curated by Ansel Adams and held at the Palace of Fine Arts in 1940 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition. This was the first major show In California of photography as an art form. The publication was directed by Ansel Adams and edited by T. J. Maloney, Chairman of U.S. Camera. Grace McCann Morley, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Art contributed an essay on The Motion Picture and worked closely with Adams on both the exhibition and the book. Focused almost exclusively on American photography, A Pageant of Photography highlighted many significant California photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Notably, there was an entire section devoted to California Women Photographers (female photographers from California were featured in many of the other sections as well) and Dorothea Lange contributed an essay on documentary photography. The people, landscape and built environment of California also figured largely in the subject matter of the photographs. Diego Rivera's oil painting "The Flower Vendor" one of the most significant works in the Albert M. Bender Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Art (now SFMOMA) was exhibited as part of a display on color reproduction by Crocker Union (the San Francisco-based publisher of the catalog).
30 x 32 cm
48 Pages of 48
Photography, Abstract--20th century--Exhibitions
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Morley, Grace, 1900-1985
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Lange, Dorothea
Time Period
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
San Francisco County (Calif.)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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