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Portrait of Don Worth

Don Worth, 2001

Don Worth - Succulent Echeveria Radiance

Succulent Echeveria Radiance, 1968

Don Worth

( June, 2 1924 - March 18, 2009 )

About the Photographer

Don Worth was born in Nebraska in 1924. His early life was dedicated to music, and 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 piano and composition. He began serious photography in 1949, and worked as an assistant to Ansel Adams from 1956 to 1960. He began teaching photography in the Art Department of San Francisco State University in 1962, and held the title of Professor Emeritus of Art at that institution.

His childhood on an Iowa farm sparked a life long interest in horticulture and he designed a large subtropical garden at his home near San Francisco. Most of his photographs feature plants as their subject matter. He traveled widely in order to photograph. Don Worth's 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 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.


Don Worth - Book

Don Worth - Botanicals

Don Worth - Landscapes

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