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Photo Exhibit Exhibit Captures Santa Monica's Past

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By Lookout Staff

March 8, 2019 -- The work of seven photographers who captured Santa Monica's past in memorable images will be the subject of an exhibit at the Santa Monica Public Library that kicks off Saturday.

"Light & Shadow: Capturing Early Santa Monica" -- which runs through Saturday, June 15 -- offers "a peek into the extensive photographic archives" of the library and the Santa Monica History Museum, exhibition organizers said.

Palisades Park in the 1920sAdelbert Bartlett, Palisades Park in the 1920s

"Each of our photographic archives houses a diverse selection of photographers and subjects that capture the rich history of the Santa Monica Bay area," they said.

The Main Library will present works by Kenneth Strickfaden and Victor Barnaba.
Strickfaden -- a Hollywood special-effects pioneer best known for his work on the 1931 horror classic "Frankenstein" -- photographed the natural beauty, piers and street scenes in the Santa Monica Bay Area as a young man.

Barnaba -- who served as a military photographer during WWII -- "built a studio photography business and was commissioned by the city to document the built environment, civic affairs, and notable figures, until his retirement in 1973," organizers said.

The Santa Monica History Museum, located at the Main Library, will present work by five local photographers -- H.F. Rile, Adelbert Bartlett, Emerson Gaze, Bill Beebe and George Tate, Jr.

Rile, who produced cabinet cards from the 1880s through the 1910s, documented "everything from local businesses and school children to city events and views of Palisades Park," organizers said.
Defense test 1943
Defense test 1943, Bill Beebe

Bartlett is known for his "ethereal representations of daily life" in Santa Monica in the 1920s, while Gaze photographed the city from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Bill Beebe, who worked for the Evening Outlook newspaper, recorded Santa Monica’s "notables and happenings" from the 1940s through the 1990s.

In 1962, she snapped an iconic picture of President John F. Kennedy being mobbed by beachgoers as he emerges from the Santa Monica surf.

Tate, who was active in the 1950s and 1960s, "had an excellent eye for composition and his images express the exuberant energy of Muscle Beach," organizers said.

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