Short Biography of Rondal Partridge

Son of the renown photographer Imogen Cunningham, Partridge began helping his mother in the darkroom at the age of five. At seventeen he became Dorothea Lange's apprentice, driving her up and down the back roads of California as she created her well-known images of migrant laborers.

In 1937 and 1938 he worked with Ansel Adams in Yosemite, going of photographic shoots with him and working in the darkroom.

Closely associated with the great California photographers of his time, Partridge absorbed all the techniques his teachers could give him, yet he wears this lineage lightly, dedicating himself to following the paths down which his own view leads him.

A professional photographer for eighty years, Rondal used his camera to share his enthusiasm for people and places, his critical view of urban sprawl and strong environmental statements, mid-century architectural work, and telling moments of California history. 

 

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