Description The Oakland hills were covered in a vast redwood forest, known as the San Antonio Redwood, with some of the largest trees on earth. From 1842-1853 full-scale logging decimated this forest to supply San Francisco with lumber. In 1850, the areas first steam sawmill was built on the edge of Montclair. The logging road to the mill, later Park Blvd, connected to the wharf at the foot of 13th Avenue, where ships transported the lumber to San Francisco. By 1860 the forest was gone.
Bennett Hall Collection, Oakland Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Bennett Hall has been photographing and collecting historical photography since 1972, with an extensive collection from this area, California from around the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and other locations.
Content is organized by location, subject matter and theme. All content in these galleries is digitally mastered at high resolution from original historical photography, illustrations and artwork.
Bennett Hall, San Francisco based photographer and designer who ran a gallery at 41 Powell from 1991-2001 and continues to operating an exhibit production company in Oakland including a conservation picture framing studio. Hall began shooting large format photography in 1972 and has been collecting and producing exhibits using archival photography since 1980 with notable clients including the US District Court, Hills Brothers Coffee, Ronald Reagan, 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 in