Benjamen Chinn's Paris: 1950 - 1951

October 1 - October 31, 2011

Opening Reception:  Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6-9PM


Smith Andersen North is pleased to present Benjamen Chinn’s Paris, 1950-51. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Benjamen Chinn found inspiration in the everyday, often photographing from his front stoop the shopkeepers, schoolchildren and passersby who populate his compositions. Like his fellow graduates from the California School of Fine Arts in the '40s and '50s (a period at the school known as The Golden Decade), Chinn honed his sensibility with some of the best photographers of the day, including Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston. After graduating, he headed to Paris and produced a lively and poignant body of work – a testament to his unique gift for finding the idiosyncrasies in urban street life, as well as an enduring record of post-war Paris.

Full Bio of Benjamen Chinn.

Smith Andersen North's exhibition coincides with the exhibition Benjamen Chinn: Paris 1950-1951 at the San Francisco International Airport.

Left: Benjamen Chinn, Boulangerie Girl, 1950-51. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches.
Right: Benjamen Chinn, Gare d'Austerlitz, 1951. Archival pigment print, 30 x 30 inches.