Tuesday, May 6, 2003
As the son of Imogen Cunningham and an apprentice of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams in the 1930s, Rondal Partridge is a photographic blue-blood. He grew up surrounded by creative, talented people, and it shows. His photos have the direct but well-framed gaze of his mentors and display a painterly eye for texture, as in Bird and Onions, an image of three papery-skinned root vegetables and one dead bird, all of them round. The inimitable framing is perhaps strongest in Pave It and Paint It Green, a glorious view of Yosemite's Half Dome with fully one-half of the picture taken up by a parking lot. The exhibition "Quizzical Eye: The California Photography of Rondal Partridge," extended through Aug. 3, celebrates the artist's 85th birthday and coincides with the publication of a book by the same name. Discover a new favorite at the California Historical Society Museum, 678 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is free-$3; call 357-1848 or visit www.californiahistoricalsociety.org.