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Book Talk: The Golden Decade


The Golden Decade:  Photography at the California School of Fine Arts 1945-1955 will be the subject of a book talk to be held at the Civic Center Library on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.  This event is free to the general public.  The Civic Center Library is located at 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, California.
Victoria Whyte and her husband Ken Ball will discuss and sign copies of The Golden Decade, a wonderful photo book documenting photography done by students of the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA) from 1945 to 1955.  After World War II, the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (now the San Francisco Art Institute) hired renowned photographer Ansel Adams to establish one of the first fine art photography departments in the United States. The caliber of teachers and guest instructors assembled there under the new directorship of Douglas McAgy was unmatched, and the school was one of the most avant-garde art schools of its time. On hand were photographers Adams and Minor White, along with Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Lisette Model, Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, and Homer Page.

Three former students of Adams and White—William Heick, Ira H. Latour and C. Cameron Macauley, later known as the Three Musketeers—began planning a book that would focus on CSFA’s photography department, covering the years between 1945 and 1955, the period known as The Golden Decade. It was a lucky coincidence when Livermore residents Ken Ball and his wife Victoria Whyte Ball (whose father, Don Whyte, had bequeathed them an abundance of negatives and contact prints from his student years at CSFA) joined them. Together this team has embarked on an important journey into photography’s past that is embodied in the book The Golden Decade.  For more information about this book, visit

This program with Victoria and Ken Ball is part of the Friends Authors and Arts Series, supported by the Friends of the Livermore Library.  Copies will be available for sale at this program.