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Original fine art photograph signed by Don Worth Original fine art photograph signed by Don Worth
Don Worth was born in Nebraska in 1924 and reared during the Depression years in Iowa. At eight, he began his study of the piano. Two years later he became intensely interested in the cultivation of exotic plants; a subject he would later photograph in 1945. He went to the Manhattan School of Music in New York; receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1949 and a Masters of Music degree in 1951. During these years, his interest in photography was elevated to a more serious level. In 1955, Worth did post-graduate study at Mills College in Oakland. There he studied piano with Alexander Libermann and composition with Darius Milhaud. At this time he began public exhibition of his photography, started using an 8” x 10” view camera, and met Ansel Adams.

He moved to San Francisco in 1956 and assisted Adams for the next four years. Worth composed the musical score for the 1958 film, Ansel Adams: Photographer. He soon abandoned his music focus for photography, teaching at the university level, and by the mid 1970s was a full professor of Art at San Francisco State University. Worth, like a number of other photographers Ansel Adams and Paul Caponigro among them, has an entwined history of music and photography.

Wearing the photographer's hat, the natural world became Worth's sacred cathedral. It is" a shrine where the poet-photographer could capture, for eternity, the play of light and mist on an upturned leaf or a fading rainbow."

Mr. Worth's photographs are well represented in museums across the country. He passed away in March of 2009.