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Golden Gate Bridge History: Art, Architecture & Photography

May25th

2018 Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street

Golden Gate Bridge History: Art, Architecture & Photography
A lecture by Bob David, AIA

Few people have come to know the Golden Gate Bridge, inside and out, as extensively as Bob David. An architect and photographer, he began his career at the Bridge in 1973. For his first 30 years at the Bridge, he served as Design Director for the agency, which includes the operation of the Bridge itself plus the Golden Gate Transit Bus and Ferry system. In that capacity, he and his design team produced all the public information graphics and display hardware for the Transit system and the Bridge. He continues working in a semi-retired status, focusing on documentary photography of Bridge projects, such as the still ongoing Seismic Retrofit Project.

While he uses digital photography equipment for most of his work, he also uses large format (8×10) film equipment for milestone photographs of construction work that requires maximum capture of detail.

Being inclined to be a student of history, Bob became a Bridge historian and archivist. He will recount his personal journey uncovering various historical, artistic and architectural anecdotes, some gathered first-hand from its creators. In 2012, he helped curate the Bridge’s 75th-anniversary exhibit at the California Historical Society.

Bob is a native San Franciscan, and he is a licensed architect in California.

The contribution of this monument to the culture and mystique of America’s West cannot be overstated. It is one of the world’s most recognized and admired geographic symbols. Bob’s blend of stories and images will provide a unique perspective on this celebrated San Francisco landmark.

The Annual Meeting is free for members (TO ACCESS FREE MEMBER TICKET, PLEASE USE ACCESS CODE) and $15 for non-members. Email tle@sfheritage.org for access code.
Only 60 seats available

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