Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

Arthur C. Pillsbury with the Microscopic Motion Picture Camera he designed and built in a borrowed lab at the University of California, Berkeley, 1925 - 1926

AC Timeline

Lecture Tours

The Perfect Image

About Himself


Arthur C. Pillsbury stood waist-deep in a meadow in Yosemite Valley and fell in love with the living reality of nature.  It was May, 1895. A gifted and brilliant technologist,  he was lit with a passion to know the natural world from its smallest part to the stars, as it really was. He wanted this for himself, and for us. Then, the most eminent scientists were groping because of what they could not see.  This was a moment in time which changed his life forever and would change our world. 

He had a mission.  Photography was his tool. He would spend the rest of his life bringing understanding of nature's living reality  to humanity. 

He never accepted, or asked anyone, friends, family corporate or government, to subsidize his vision.  He became an entrepreneur, using the free market to bring people to understanding using  images, accurately reflected the unvarnished beauties of the world and so eliciting excitement, understanding and love for living things which had been beyond our perception.

Arthur Clarence Pillsbury
Born October 9, 1870 - . March 5, 1946
Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA

National Park Portfolio
The Campaign

  1978 - 1993

The Missing Years
by Horace Albright

Partial Autobiography -   Arthur C. Pillsbury   -   Pillsbury Family History