Cowboys pose proudly for Wood’s camera at a seaside line
camp of the Bear Valley Ranch in the late 1940s.

West Marin Portraiture

Photography by Seth Wood, 1940s to 1950s
Text by Dewey Livingston

Photographs Courtesy of the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, Inverness

Seth Wood was a man of many talents. His excellent photography endures through the preservation of more than 100 original negatives at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History in Inverness. Wood lived in the San Geronimo Valley in the 1940s and 1950s while operating a small commercial photography studio. His portrait subjects included family groups, business people, ranchers, and people in the street. He also photographed landscapes and buildings, and he enjoyed shooting local scenes from a small plane. Wood’s portraiture is testament to his easy rapport with the plain people under his lens.

Federico (Fred) Genazzi, a Swiss immigrant who operated a successful dairy ranch at Point Reyes Station, often entertained his friends with music on his accordion.

An unidentified couple and their dog in front of the Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station around 1950.

Proud cattle rancher Arnold Stuckey with his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law at the Lake Ranch north of Bolinas around 1950.

Oliver “Bud” Hendren visits with the waitress at the Hillside Cafe, the site of today’s Marin Sun Farms in Point Reyes Station.

Tom Killion, Bolinas Ridge Sunset


Many talented individuals are featured in the West Marin Review. Please click below for this volume’s contributors.

  • Cover
    • Tom Killion   Bolinas Ridge Sunset
  • Prose
    • Catherine David   Amateurs Are First-Rate Lovers
    • Reynold Junker   Yesterday, Perhaps
    • Jessica O’Dwyer   Meeting Ana
    • Agustina Martinez   Life in Mexico
    • Jan Harper Haines   Hootlani!
    • Agnes Wolohan Smuda von Burkleo   Fall
    • Vivian Olds   Marin Memoirs
    • Elia Haworth   Farming and Ranching in Bolinas 1834 to 2010
    • Jonathan Rowe   Fellow Conservatives
    • Steve Heilig   Tom Killion on Mount Tam
    • Daniel Potts   Scattered Threads
    • Flor Jimenez   Broken Blood
    • Jazmine Collazo   Good-bye, Hello
    • Cynthia A. Cady   The Miles Pilot
    • Jody Farrell   The Cat Lover
    • Dave Mitchell   Tall Tales of Intelligent Animals
    • Terry Nordbye   If Two-by-Fours Could Talk
  • Poetry
    • Jodie Appell   Advice for the Marin Lovelorn
    • Prartho Sereno   The Dancing Cure
    • Julia Bartlett   Dinner Down the Road
    • Gillian Wegener   After Dry Lightning
    • Juan Avalos   Dear Mud
    • Albert Flynn DeSilver   Hope
    • Lynne Knight   Apology, with Hawks Veering
    • Randall Potts   A Natural History
    • Hal Ober   Camellia and Chameleon
    • Roy Mash   I Was Getting Ready To Tie My Tie When
    • Nellie Hill   Winter Horse
  • Art + Artifact
    • Patti Trimble   Endangered Mission Blue
    • Nell Melcher   Dark Trees
    • Ryan Giammona   Quail
    • Andrzej Michael Karwacki   Art Natura 03 and Little Voices of Flowers
    • Amanda Tomlin   Nicasio Reservoir Thistles and First Rain, White House Pool
    • Kurt Lai   Path
    • Jessica Baldwin   Spring Lamb
    • Willow Dawson   Hummingbird
    • Sha Sha Higby   In Folds of Tea/Dance in Sculptural Costume
    • Marnie Spencer   Wish You Were Here
    • Terrence Murphy   Summer and Fence Mender
    • Christa Burgoyne   Fuller’s Teasel
    • Wendy Goldberg   Meadow: West Marin
    • Dewey Livingston   West Marin Portraiture: Photography by Seth Wood, 1940s to 1950s
    • Tom Killion   Bolinas Ridge Sunset and Mount Tamalpais from Big Rock Ridge
    • Richard Lindenberg   Inverness Marsh West
    • Lorna Stevens   Herd
    • Kevin Alvarado   Untitled
    • Jacqueline Mallegni   Sky Barge
    • Christin Coy   January Afternoon—Bolinas Lagoon
    • Kyla Pasternak   Jenna
    • Mary Siedman   Lively Peony and Bolinas Lagoon
    • Zea Morvitz   Four Prepared Books
    • Vi©kisa   A Dog’s Life
    • Jon Langdon   My Matilijas
    • Mark Ropers   Shades of Red
    • Sevilla Granger   Marin West; Marin East and Santa Barbara 101
    • Mardi Wood   Horse