The Golden Decade, published by Steidl, 2016
The Golden Decade, published by Steidl, 2016
This book has been printed by premier art and photography book publisher Gerhard Steidl in Göttingen, Germany. 

Please Join Us for
GOLDEN DECADE Exhibits & Events:

Laguna Beach Art Museum, February 19 – May 29, 2017
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) – Golden Decade Presentation by Jeff Gunderson, Ken Ball & Victoria Whyte Ball & Alums, Stephen Goldstine, David Johnson, Gerald Ratto, John Upton, Charles Wong, & Stan Zrnich will be on hand to talk about their time at the school at the photography department under Ansel Adams and Minor White when it was named the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA).
Bankhead Theater – Golden Decade Exhibit, March 4 through May 1, 2017.  A free opening reception and book signing will be held on Friday evening, March 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Golden Decade Exhibit, February 4th (Opening) – February 28th, 2017
Book signing, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Exhibit, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA

Golden Decade videos from the Minnesota Street Projects Opening courtesy Lenore Chinn.

After World War II the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA) in San Francisco 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 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 this book.

The Golden Decade, Photography at the California School of Fine Arts 1945-55. Text by William Heick, Ira Latour, and Cameron Macauley. Text and edits by Ken Ball and Victoria Whyte Ball

Publisher, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
Hardback / Clothbound
29.2 x 29.2 cm
ISBN 978-3-86930-902-6

Available to order: Steidl website (free shipping) 

Also available from etc.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for upcoming Golden Decade Events:

GOLDEN DECADE EXHIBITION, February 4, 2017, Opening. Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

GERALD RATTO EXHIBITION, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo
20 Greenfield Ave. San Anselmo, CA 94960

Visit to read about our trips to the Steidl publishing house in Göttingen, Germany.

To view photos from “The Golden Decade,” visit The Smith Andersen North Gallery, or The Figurehead Gallery,

Please contact for more information.