April 7 - May 4, 2014
Opening Thursday, April 10, 4-6pm
Paul W. Hollingshead, a 1923 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography was the first assistant
hired by famed modernist and Vogue and Vanity Fair photographer Edward Steichen, working at his side for
5 1/2 years.
Hollingshead: The Art of the Portrait will focus on Hollingshead's work as a portrait artist, first in
New York, then later with his own studio in the Bay Area, and finally in Woodland, where he settled in 1932.
The show will demonstrate how Hollingshead learned and developed artistic techniques for portraiture from
Steichen, and then brought those talents to the people of small town Woodland. The work showcased will
include everyday people made glamorous by Hollingshead's camera, including families, community leaders,
and even pets. Throughout, the viewer will notice how Hollingshead was able to bring out the best in
his sitters by relying on the techniques he learned as an art photographer in New York.
Hollingshead and his wife Vera worked in Woodland through the 1960's, becoming the established community photo
studio both for portraits and community events.
The exhibition has been curated by Erin Dorn, MA Candidate in Art History, 2014.
The show will run from April 7 through May 4. There will be an opening reception on April 10 which will
feature a talk by Cal Aggie Alumnus Bill Hollingshead, archivist and curator of the Paul W. Hollingshead Photography Collection,
and son of the artist. Light refreshments will be served.
Left: Portrait of Edward Steichen by Paul W. Hollingshead, 1926; Portrait of Paul W. Hollingshead
by Edward Steichen, 1925