Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge
This series blends long standing artistic sensibilities with the innovative design of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.

South Wind, Clear Sky, Katsushika Hokusai
In the 1830’s Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai published Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of woodblock prints. In this series Hokusai depicts the mountain as both a dramatic subject and as the incidental backdrop to life around it. Hokusai broke with tradition by showing ordinary people and locations as worthy subjects of art. Both his style and subject matter influenced the French impressionists.

The Barges, Henri Rivière
Henri Rivière’s Thirty-Six views of the Eiffel Tower, a series of woodblock prints produced at the end of the 19th century, was a reinterpretation of Hokusai’s theme. Some of Rivière’s views feature details of the Eiffel Tower’s construction, in others the tower fades into the life of the city around it. Rivière’s series was published in 1902 using chromolithography. Like woodblock printing which uses a carved block for each color, chromolithography uses separate plates, resulting in a similarly limited palette.

Evening Hour at the Ferry Building, San Francisco,
Cardinell Vincent Co.
At the turn of the 20th century, images of familiar scenes and landmarks became widely available in the form of postcards printed with the “Photochrom” process which photographically transfered each color for an image onto a printing plate. These were colorized versions of black and white photographs. The colorizations and the printing process gave these images a distinctive look. Photochrom is the bridge between woodblock printing and modern color photograph reproduction.

East of Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay
David Garnick
Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge features the tower of the eastern span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. The visual style of this series references the reduced palette and romanticized landscapes of Hokusai, Rivière, and the Photochrom postcards of the early 20th century. The sweep of the span's cables mimics the slopes of Mount Fuji, and the central tower echoes the Eiffel Tower in its constructed verticality. The tower of the Bay Bridge is an iconic form, in some places dominating the landscape, and in others barely discernible.
The title of each photograph is the location from which it was taken.

Article in Berkeleyside: Berkeley photographer channels Hokusai for ‘36 views of the Bay Bridge’

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The images by Hokusai, Rivière, and the Cardinell Vincent Company are in the public domain. The image by David Garnick, and all other images on this site, are copyrighted by David Garnick and may not be copied nor reproduced without written permission of the artist.