Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6-9PM
Benjamen Chinn, Gare d’Austerlitz, 1951,
Archival pigment print, 30 x 30 inches.
Smith Andersen North is pleased to present Benjamen Chinn’s Paris, 1950-51.
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Benjamen Chinn (1921-2009) found inspiration in the everyday, often photographing from his front door stoop the shopkeepers, schoolchildren and passersby that populate his compositions. Like his fellow graduates from the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s and 50s, a period at the school known as The Golden Decade, Chinn honed his sensibility with the best instructors of the day, including Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston.
After graduation, he headed to Paris and produced a lively and poignant body of work – a testament to his unique gift for finding the idiosyncrasies in everyday urban street life, and an enduring record of post-war Paris.
We hope you will join us at Smith Andersen North for the opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 6-9pm.
Benjamen Chinn’s Paris, 1950-51 will be on view from October 1 through October 31, 2011.
For additional information, please contact:
Stefan Kirkeby or gallery manager Jennifer O’Keeffe
From Highway 101 take the Central San Rafael Exit. Go West on Third Street. Third Street turns into Fourth Street and then Red Hill Avenue. Make a U-Turn at the Hub by Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and immediately veer right onto GREENFIELD AVENUE. 20 GREENFIELD is the first building on the right. Off street parking in the lot along the east side of the building.