Born in San Francisco in1938, grew up in Marin County, and moved to Nevada City in 1964, where he spent the rest of his life. He attended college at Marin College and San Francisco State College, where he obtained a B.A. in Photography and a Secondary Credential in Art. He later did graduate work in photography at Sacramento State University. He taught at Nevada Union High School and Sierra College.
Crowe was about eleven when he first watched his uncle Steve make magic in his darkroom. It was love at first site. For the rest of his life he continued to learn from, and be influenced by, his uncle. Steve was among the group of photographers who attended the California School of Fine Arts after World War II.
Other artists and photographers who have influenced his work are Jack Welpott, Don Worth, Roger Vail, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Charles Sheeler.
Crowe described his work as variations on straight photography. He would start with an idea based on something seen on the ground glass, and in the darkroom or computer would enhance that idea with minimal manipulation.
Throughout his career Crowe experimented with many processes and worked with many themes. One notable and unusual project was a series of large color prints of botannical subjects, printed on acid free drawing paper. Other projects included ruins of the Cistercian Abbeys in England and Scotland, life in urban and rural China, the pre-renovation San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nevada City street scenes, and a project focused on “small things.”
Crowe has exhibited at Viewpoint Gallery and at several other venues in the Sacramento/Nevada City area. He was a longtime member of Viewpoint and served as a docent and as member of the curatorial and installation committees.
Gene Crowe passed away in 2020. He is survived by his wife Judy, three grown children and five grandchildren.
Born in 1930 in Marin county, CA. He attended George Washington High School in San Francisco, and graduated from Sacramento State College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music or Music Education. He met his true love Barbara Stenstrum in band class in college. They were married in 1953, lived in Sacramento, and eventually settled in Fair Oaks with their 3 children.
Paul’s first love was music. He became a music teacher after graduating from college, and taught at Fair Oaks Elementary, Andrew Carnegie Junior High, and Bella Vista High School. He taught jazz band, concert band, and marching band until his retirement in the mid 1980s.
Paul became interested in photography after taking classes in film developing and darkroom printing. This blossomed into a new passion for him. He built his own darkroom and developed and printed much of his own work. Paul dabbled in digital photography, but he much preferred film.
Paul entered his prints in local fairs and shows, and was a member of the Rancho Cordova Camera Cluband the Sierra Camera Club. He was a founding member of Viewpoint and served as a docent. Some of his favorite places to photograph were Gladding McBean in Lincoln, Bodie, and Mexico on many trips with his brother Don.
Paul Mohr passed away in 2018.