The Laguna Art Museum has donated a set of photographs by Paul Outerbridge to the Festival of Arts.
According to a joint news release from LAM and Festival officials, Outerbridge (1896-1958) took the four photographs during the period of 1950 and 1955. His pictures all had to do with Laguna Beach's two most famous annual summertime shows: the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters.
"How wonderful on our 80th anniversary to receive this addition to our permanent art collection which furthers the documentation of the Festival's history," said Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler.
The Festival has embarked on a program to take stock of and catalog its extensive collection, which it has accumulated through art pieces and mementos that came out of past festivals, pageants or through private donations.
One of the photos by Outerbridge — who showed at the Festivals of '49, '50, '55 and '57 — is a portrait of artist and Festival of Arts founder Roy Ropp in his studio, the release said. Works by Outerbridge, who died in Laguna Beach, have been displayed in fine photography exhibits at Royal Photographic Society in London, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty.