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 Willard Elmer Worden  (1868 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: California/Delaware      Known for: landscape, coastal view, streetscene

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Willard Elmer Worden
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Mount Tamalpais with Poppies in the foreground
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
. Photographer. Born in Smyrna, DE on Nov. 20, 1868. Worden moved with his family to Philadelphia as a child. He grew up there and studied painting at the PAFA. While serving in the Spanish-American War, he became interested in photography. After settling in San Francisco in 1902, he established a studio and turned his lens to the Sierra Nevada, the northern coast, and the San Francisco Bay area. His photograph Portals of the Past (the Greek columns of the Towne mansion destroyed in the 1906 fire) was popular with the public and resulted in the columns being placed in Golden Gate Park. He served as official photographer for the PPIE of 1915 and, for over 30 years, had a studio at 316 Stockton Street. His work was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and was known in Europe earlier in the century. His poetic, hand-painted photographs of Chinatown and pre-earthquake San Francisco have become much sought after by collectors of California art. Worden died in Palo Alto, CA on Sept. 6, 1946 and was buried with military honors in the San Francisco Presidio. In: Oakland Museum; Wells Fargo Bank.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California's Magazine, pp. 197-200; SF Chronicle, 9-10-1946 (obituary).
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Willard Worden grew up in Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He became interested in photography while serving in the Spanish-American War. Worden settled in San Francisco and served as the official photographer for the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.

Worden was known for his hand painted photographs of Chinatown and pre-earthquake San Francisco.

Worden exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and was well-known in Europe.

Source: Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940"

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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