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Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden

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A fascinating though largely forgotten figure in the Bay Area's rich photographic history, Willard Worden (American, 1868 to 1946) took up photography while serving in the Philippine-American War and arrived in San Francisco in 1901. Within a few years, his stock list contained hundreds of views of his newly adopted city and its environs as well as sites as far away as Yosemite National Park. Worden was at the height of his career at the time of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the 1915 world's fair held in San Francisco. As one of the exposition's official photographers, he captured its spectacular architectural and sculptural creations by day and night. This catalogue is the first published survey of Worden's photographs from the first two decades of the 20th century, including views of San Francisco's coastline, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. A recurring subject for the photographer was the surviving entryway to a Nob Hill mansion destroyed in the earthquake of 1906 and relocated to Golden Gate Park in 1909. Called the Portals of the Past, the ruin served as both a monument to the city's recent tragedy and a symbol of its perseverance.  Softcover, 116 pages

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