Artist-in-Residence | Don Ross

SIDE GALLERY: 8.11.11 – 9.15.11

San Francisco-based photographer Don Ross spent a year re-photographing vantages around the City that were originally pictured in a 1910 estate survey of the many tracts of land owned by famed millionaire Adolph Sutro (1830-1898). At the time of his death, the Prussian mining engineer and Nevada ‘Silver King’ owned roughly one-twelfth of The City. Best known for creating the famous Sutro Baths, “The World’s Largest,” Sutro was also notorious for fighting big money railroad interests and even served a term as Mayor.

What assured his success, however, was the acquisition of acres and acres of cheap, sandy land that few at the time wanted to occupy. On these tracts located by the beach in the ‘Outside Lands’ he built his American Dream for his family and shared his wealth with the public through access to the Baths, an adjacent museum, numerous parks and forests, and what was at the time the largest collection of books on the West Coast.

In this survey, Ross presents several large-format color views taken with a 4″x5″ film camera in contrast to the 1910 black and white enlarged originals, to show how San Francisco was shaped as its residents plowed into the 20th Century. A book containing over 30 before-and-after views will be available for purchase at the show.