Rondal Partridge (September 4, 1917 – June 19, 2015) was a noted photographer. He worked as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, and was the son of Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge (an etcher who taught at Mills College).
[Ansel] Adams "always jumped over the fence…walked past the garbage. He always wanted to get an immaculate view," his student [Rondal Partridge] once said, "and I spent my life stepping back to include the garbage in my photographic view." 1
Rondal was raised in Oakland along with his twin brother, Padraic, and was a graduate of Oakland High School. 5
Partridge got a job with the National Youth Administration, a New Deal program, and shot numerous photos around Oakland and California documenting life as people transitioned from the Great Depression to WWII.
Perhaps Partridge's best-known photo is called "Pave it and paint it green", showing a parking lot full of cars and Half Dome in Yosemite in the background, shot in the 1960s. 4
Links and References
- Rondal Partridge on Wikipedia
- Rondal Partridge website
- Lumiere Gallery
- Quizzical Eye: The Photography of Rondal Partridge by Elizabeth Partridge (daughter) and Sally Stein
- Rondal Partridge dies at 97; photographer known for irreverence Los Angeles Times June 27, 2015
- Rondal Partridge Photoessays
- Rondal Partridge photos on Wikimedia
- 2009.46.1.1 Oakland Museum of California Collections
- Rondal Partridge, noted black-and-white photographer, dies SFGate.com June 27, 2015