A Tribute to Don Worth (1924-2009) - Influences and the Influenced

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Tropical Leaves, Hoffmannia Reflugens, Mill Valley CA, 1977 © Scott Nichols Gallery
A Tribute to Don Worth (1924-2009) - Influences and the Influenced

49 Geary St.
Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
April 16th, 2009 - May 30th, 2009
Opening: May 9th, 2009 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 11-5:30


Scott Nichols Gallery is proud to present, A Tribute to Don Worth (1924-2009), Influences and the Influenced. The exhibition will be on view from April 16th through May 30th, 2009. Please join us for a reception honoring Don's legacy, Saturday May 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Don Worth was a quiet presence in the bay area for over 60 years, capturing the illusive and ethereal landscape, and tropical plants in his award winning garden. Worth's large format photographs — made, generally, with large format cameras — have an incisive clarity and quiet meditative mood. Many images involve enormous spaces, and often use the transformative power of fog, mist and other atmospheric conditions. He was a master printer, interpreting his negatives like a musician interprets a musical score. His unwavering and painstaking dedication has resulted in some of the most beautiful masterworks of twentieth century photography, securing an honored place among the California photographers, who influenced him, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Edward and Brett Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard and Minor White.

Worth's childhood on an Iowa farm produced a life long interest in horticulture and he designed and maintained a large subtropical garden at his home near San Francisco. His early life was dedicated to studying the piano and composition. He attended the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music where he received the Bachelor of Music degree (1949) and the Master of Music degree (1951). In 1946, he began serious photography and became the first full-time assistant to Ansel Adams from 1956 to 1960.

In 1962 Worth began teaching photography in the Art Department of San Francisco State University alongside photographer, Jack Welpott. For over thirty years from 1962 until his retirement in 1993 as Emeritus Professor of Art, he inspired scores of students. Included in this exhibition are photographs by a few of the students who continue to follow Worth's passion; Mark Citret, Lyle Gomes, Leland Rice and Alan Ross.

Worth was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 and received an appointment from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980. His work has been exhibited in more that 50 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions. His photographs are owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Getty Museum, the Chicago Institute of Art, the Australian National Gallery, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and many other museums.