The Veterans

The Veterans

This exhibition print by California pictorialist Paul Douglas Anderson shows three ancient trees on a hillside.

Paul Douglas Anderson, 1887-1964, was an American living and working in San Francisco, California in the early 20th Century. He  was an associate editor of Camera Craft magazine beginning in May, 1923 & became editor-in-chief by January, 1924, continuing through the July issue. He was replaced by Sigismund Blumann (1872-1956) the following month. Active in photography between 1910-1940’s, Anderson was a member of the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles and Pictorial Photographers of America.

The following web background on Anderson’s exhibition history is from an unknown source. We are happy to update or attribute:

Between 1918 and 1935 he participated in over 30 salons, including exhibiting three photographs in the Fifth International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1928. His work is held in the collections of the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


By 1937, Anderson was teaching photography, with this notice appearing in the February issue of The Educational Screen, a Chicago-based journal “devoted exclusively to the visual idea in education” :

A University of California Extension class in School Photography opened in San Francisco Thursday, January 28th. P. Douglas Anderson, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, is conducting the course. It consists of a complete outline of the use of cameras, study of the practical application of the camera to outdoor work, action photography, interior photography, landscape and field photography, the making of lantern and film slides, film developing, contact printing, filters, and other technical features. (p. 71)

print notes recto: titled in graphite at lower left within mount frame impression: The Veterans. Signed in graphite at right: P. Douglas Anderson

verso: three exhibition stamps by date:

The Emporium
San Francisco
Second Annual Photographic Exhibition
September 1922


Exhibited At
 The Cleveland
Photographic Society
Assembly Hall
Season 1925-26.


Exhibited By
California Camera Club
45 Pole (?) Street
San Francisco
During Dec. 1928
Chairman Print Committee (signed by surname Smith)

Signed in graphite on mount:
The Veterans


P. Douglas Anderson
753-8th Avenue
San Francisco


in blue editor’s pencil: 68

The Veterans

Image Dimensions 24.1 x 30.0 cm corner glued

Support Dimensions49.0 x 39.8 cm cream-colored, thick Japan paper with impressed frame