A black and white poster from the Susan Spiritus Gallery of Newport Beach, California, for an exhibition held in the spring of 1983 of the works of noted American photographer HENRY GILPIN (1922-2011), the poster **hand signed** by Gilpin at bottom center. The image featured is perhaps the best known photo by Gilpin, "Highway #1", the world-famous, dramatic coastal highway hugging the Central California coast. Gilpin, born in Ohio, served as a pilot in Europe during World War II. Following the war, he worked for many years in law enforcement, eventually attaining the rank of Captain of Detectives with the Monterey County Sheriff's office. However despite his career obligations, Gilpin found the time to indulge in his passion, black and white photography. In 1959 he was exposed to the work of Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams at the Yosemite Workshop. By 1963 he himself was instructing at Monterey Peninsula College, and, later, at that same Yosemite Workshop. In the decades that followed, Gilpin endeared himself to many he instructed in the fine art of black and white photography. This poster measures 28 3/4" by 23" in simple shiny metal frame. There is no glass. When found the piece had some apparently original yellowed old shrink wrap, adequately protecting it from dust, but not from any other abuse. Over time, in places, it picked up some pressure lines and shallow abrasions, even through the pierced and stubbed shrink wrap. The final photos illustrate several of them. Despite these flaws, which I have gone out of my way to accentuate, the poster remains quite displayable, and the deceased artist's signature certainly adds an interesting touch.
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