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2013: Wind, Fog & Sail – A Retrospective of Famed Bay Area Marine Photographer Diane Beeston

Photographer Diane Beeston captured images of sailboats and sailors on the San Francisco Bay for more than 30 years. An avid sailor as well as a skilled artist, she recorded the romance of an earlier nautical era with her photographs of the Bay’s racing fleets and vintage yachts. During the sixties, seventies and eighties she became a legendary figure afloat, navigating her chase boat to get the best shots and creating memorable images of the beauty and excitement of boating on the Bay’s foggy, turbulent waters. Ms. Beeston shot with both 35mm and 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ cameras using both black & white and color film. Thirty of her iconic images are on display at the Sausalito Art Festival Photography Gallery for the enjoyment of sailors and landlubbers alike. The dramatic quality of light in her photographs and her sense of composition, have inspired comparisons with fellow maritime photographers, Morris Rosenfeld and Bekins of Cowes.

In 1972, Chronicle Books published a volume of her images, “Of Wind,Fog & Sail”, which is now out of print. Tiburon resident Hank Easom, a highly-regarded, veteran yachtsman, and Diane Beeston’s life-long friend and colleague, is credited with re-introducing her work and accessing the 10,000 negatives from her photographic collection, which was donated to the St. Francis Yacht Club. Now in her 80’s and living in Astoria, Oregon, Ms. Beeston has resumed her painting career, and can be reached via her website: SAF Trustee Tony Cook and Photographer /Gallerist Ed Carey curated this remarkable show, which is both a tribute to Diane Beeston and the maritime history of Sausalito and the San Francisco Bay. All of the images in the Festival’s Beeston exhibit were available for sale.

Previous exhibitions have ranged from one-man shows to thematic collections, with a focus on either landscape, portraiture, scientific imagery, or documentary subjects. They have included the following:

YearExhibition Title
2013Wind, Fog & Sail – A Retrospective of Famed Bay Area Marine Photographer Diane Beeston
2012Milestone Moments – 1952 to 2012: Sixty Photographs that Changed Our World
2011The Beautiful Brain: Neuroscience Images as Art
2010San Francisco Then: Vintage Photographs by Fred Lyon
2009Rock Icons: Portraits from the Woodstock Era by Elliott Landy
2008The Big Beyond: Celestial Images from the Hubble Telescope
2007The Summer of Love: San Francisco 1969 by John Gavrilis