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Seven Decades of Photography
"Rondal Partridge: Portraits & Landscapes"
Statewide Exhibitions, New Book Highlight Photographer's 85th year
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Michael Dawson Gallery, 535 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A.
January 24 through March 29, 2003
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24th, 7-9 pm


Artist Bio:

Rondal Partridge

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Annie at Steep Ravine
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Ansel Adams in the Sierra
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Dorothea Lange and the Zeiss Jewell Camera
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Rondal Partridge (by Annette Kaplan)
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Los Angeles, CA - Son of renowned Californian photographer Imogen Cunningham.  Apprentice to Ansel Adams.  Protégé of Dorothea Lange.  Who is Rondal Partridge, and what’s he been up to for 85 years?  

California photographer Rondal Partridge will celebrate the publication of his first book, Quizzical Eye: The Photography of Rondal Partridge, by Sally Stein and Elizabeth Partridge (California Historical Society Press & Heyday Books, Jan. 2003) with three exhibitions of his work scheduled to run concurrently in the Golden State. 

In Los Angeles, Partridge’s photography will be on display at the Michael Dawson Gallery beginning with an opening reception on Friday, January 24, 2003 from 7:00-9:00 pm and running through Saturday, March 29. Michael Dawson Gallery is located at 535 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004.  This will mark the only Southern California exhibition, along with two Northern California events at the Oakland Museum of California and the California Historical Society in San Francisco.  The exhibition at Michael Dawson Gallery will focus on Partridge’s gift for portraiture as well as his ongoing fascination with the profound transformation of the California landscape from the 1930’s to the present day.  Of the three exhibition sites, Michael Dawson Gallery is the only location where prints will be available for purchase.

Beginning as a darkroom assistant to his mother (Imogen Cunningham) at the age of five, eventually moving on to assist both Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange in the 1930’s (while honing his skills behind the camera), Rondal Partridge began his own photographic career in 1940 with an assignment from National Youth Administration (NYA).  His instructions: “Do whatever you want.”  He chose to document the young men of the time, who were facing an impending war in which they would most certainly be involved.

This NYA assignment led to a lifelong career in photojournalism (interrupted only by WWII, during which Partridge served the Navy Intelligence, as a photographer), making breathtakingly intimate portraits, devastating environmental statements, stunning architectural images, and capturing telling moments of California history.  A diverse body of work that reflects his stubborn aesthetic integrity, Partridge’s photos have appeared in Audubon, LIFE, Fortune, Look, Architectural Forum, Collier’s, and Scientific American, among others.

The Michael Dawson Gallery is situated inside Dawson's Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating book shop in the city of Los Angeles.  Since 1905, Dawson's Book Shop has been the leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, photography, and fine printing.

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