Description Mark Hopkins Hotel, c. 1948, Opened in 1926, the Hotel was named after Mark Hopkins, the founder of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1939 the 19th floor penthouse was converted into a glass-walled cocktail lounge with a 360 degree view of the city below. Here, World War II servicemen had their last good luck toast to the Golden Gate before shipping out.
WorldWide Archive, Oakland Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement World Wide Archive publishes high resolution digitally mastered prints from historical photography, illustration and artwork from around the world.
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, we have an extensive collection from this area and California in general. Additionally, we curated images from around the country, Europe, Asia, Australia, and other locations. Materials are organized by location and subject matter and theme.
Worldwide Archive was created by Bennett Hall, San Francisco based photographer and designer. The galleries include his film-based and selected digital photographic artwork. Hall began shooting large format photography since 1972 and has been collecting and producing exhibits using archival photography since 1980 with notable clients including the US District Court, Starwood Hotels, and Washington Hospital, and Huey Lewis & the News.
Graduate in Photography from San Francisco State University 1976
PROFILE Bennett Hall is a San Francisco born, Palo Alto raised, photographer with experience ranging from fine art to large scale exhibits to recording industry album. He has been an Oakland resident since 2001 with his wife of 12 years entrepreneur Helen Rischbieth
Hall has been an artist and photographer for over thirty-five years, producing artwork ranging from fine art photography to murals to album covers to corporate exhibits. The diversity of Hall’s creative work has earned him a reputation as an innovative artist who is proficient in both the traditional and digital photographic realms with long-term clients in multiple segments, now supporting multiple employees in Alameda county entirely related to his artistic endeavors.
Trained in fine art photography at San Francisco State in the traditional West Coast style of large format/ Ansel Adams, Hall began his career with conventional gallery exhibitions in New York, Washington and San Francisco. However, he turned his attention to the business world where he executed numerous music, editorial, fashion, portrait, product and architectural assignments. In the early 1980s, Hall gained fame for his proficient manipulations of existing photographic work, using techniques such as hand-tinting, pre-Photoshop image composites and exotic darkroom manipulations. By the mid-eighties, Hall was directing art programs for various artists and companies, including Chrysalis Records and rock stars Huey Lewis and the News and Tom Petty. His hand-made composite image for Huey Lewis’ multi-platinum album “Sport” gained international fame, with the Band now having its 30th Anniversary celebration and launching a world tour, debuting on Jimmy Kimmel.
Hall owned and operated his own gallery at 41 Powell Street in San Francisco from 1991 through 2001 where is purveyed his own work and that of others. Additionally, he launched his own custom framing company that integrated with this to complete projects on large scale for hotels, hospitals and enterprise clients. Hall led civic improvement efforts there, co-founding a public-private partnership in 1993 that eventually became San Francisco’s first Business Improvement District.
In 1997, Hall began Business Image Group, a design and exhibit firm specializing in the creation, organization and strategic deployment of visual images for corporations, government, hotels and hospitals. Hall’s firm began pioneering in the use of historical and community imagery for marketing purposes, employing images that expressed the mission and culture of his clients’ organizations.
Concurrently, Hall’s opened his own custom picture framing study that evolved in 2008 to become Eco Framing, dedicated to U.S. sourced, locally made exhibit services employing best practices for sustainability.
During the 1990s, he created interpretive exhibits and marketing programs for clients that include Sheraton, Westin, Hyatt, Nestle Beverage Company, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and Pacific Bell. Other