Son of the renowned photographer Imogen Cunningham, Partridge began helping his mother in the darkroom at the age of five. At seventeen he became Dorothea Lange's apprentice, driving her up and down the back roads of California as she created her well-known images of migrant laborers.
In 1937 and 1938 he worked with Ansel Adams in Yosemite.
Intimately associated with the great California photographers of his time, Partridge absorbed all the techniques his teachers could give him, yet he wore this lineage lightly, dedicating himself to following his own path.
For over 80 years he was a professional photographer, making breathtakingly intimate portraits, devastating environmental statements, stunning architectural images, and capturing telling moments of California history. (1917 - 2015)