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ABOUT FACE: INTIMACY AND ABSTRACTION IN PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS

Event Type: SHOW

2017-11-01 to 2018-03-04  

Cantor Arts Center

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Rowland K. Rebele Gallery, Stanford, CA 94305-5060

Event is Free

Hours: Mon 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Wed 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Thu 11:00 AM-8:00 PM;  Fri - Sun 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (650) 723-4177
website: museum.stanford.edu


This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in thirteen photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunning, John Gutmann, Barbara Morgan, and Edward Weston. Dating from the 1920s to the early 1940s, each striking photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject’s personality. Taken in close proximity or cropped in the darkroom, they present their subjects in great detail but also allow passages of abstraction to emerge from the clean geometry of the compositions.

NEW WORK: KERRY TRIBE

Event Type: SHOW

2017-10-07 to 2018-02-25  

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street, 4th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

General Admission   $25.00, 65 & older   $22.00, Age 19-24 with ID   $19.00

Hours: Mon - Tue 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;  Wed 10:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Thu 10:00 AM-9:30 PM;  Fri - Sun 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 357-4000
email: visit@sfmoma.org
website: www.sfmoma.org


New Work: Kerry Tribe premieres an SFMOMA commission by the Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker that offers insight into the work of Standardized Patients—professional actors who portray patients in a simulated clinical environment as part of medical students’ training. The two-channel video installation explores questions of empathy, communication, and performance, and was developed through Tribe’s close collaboration with professional clinicians, communication experts, and Standardized Patients at Stanford University and the University of Southern California. In this, Tribe’s first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum, the artist builds upon her history of engaging individuals from the acting and medical communities and exploring the willing suspension of disbelief.

OTRA MAS': 40 YEARS OF CARNIVAL IN SF

Event Type: SHOW

2017-09-30 to 2018-03-04  

Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission St, at 3rd, San Francisco, CA 94105

General Admission   $10.00, 65 & older, students, educ   $5.00, Members/Vets/Military   $.00

Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  Sun 12:00 PM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

website: www.moadsf.org


Otra Mas’ is a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its fortieth annual celebration in 2018. Photographs of the parade on February 25, 1979 mark the first occasion of this tradition in San Francisco. Organized around Precita Park by Adela Chu and many others, Carnaval is inspired by multiple carnival practices around the world. Influences from Brazil, Panama, Cuba and Trinidad bring together global traditions of dancing, masquerade, and drumming as the parade continues today.

We welcome everyone to join us for the celebration and Carnaval San Francisco, May 26 & 27, 2018.

BLURRING THE LINES

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-18 to 2018-02-24  

Slate Contemporary

473 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Event is Free

Hours: Thu - Sat 12:00 PM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (510) 652-4085
email: info@slateart.net
website: slateart.net


Two SLATE contemporary artists Phillip Griswold and Michael Azgour, explore the convergence of painting and photography in Blurring the Lines, which highlights abstract landscapes and figurative subjects.

DAVID MAISEL: PROVING GROUND

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-04 to 2018-02-24  

Haines Gallery

49 Geary Street, Suite 540, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Sat 10:30 AM-5:30 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 397-8114
email: art@hainesgallery.com
website: hainesgallery.com


Haines Gallery is pleased to present Proving Ground, a solo exhibition of new work by photographer David Maisel (b. 1961, New York, NY; lives and works in San Francisco, CA). Best known for his striking aerial photographs that chronicle environments impacted by human intervention, here Maisel debuts a new body of work, ffteen years in the making, investigating the landscape and architecture of Dugway Proving Ground, a classifed military site in a remote region of Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. Proving Ground is Maisel’s seventh solo exhibition at Haines Gallery.

Since its inception in 1946, Dugway Proving Ground has served as a center for development and testing of chemical and biological weapons and defense programs. Although larger than the state of Rhode Island, it remains terra incognita, virtually invisible to and unknown by the general public. Maisel frst encountered Dugway Proving Ground in 2003; after a decade of inquiry to the Pentagon, the artist was granted rare permission to photograph the site in 2014. The resulting photographs and videos in Proving Ground reference Land Art and the language of minimalism to describe an American West in which the terrain itself has become a measuring device for toxicity levels, dispersal patterns, and threats to the human body.

JOHN HOUCK

Event Type: SHOW

2017-12-13 to 2018-02-23  

Fused Space

1401 16th street, entrance on carolina st., San Francisco, CA 94105

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

email: info@fusedspace.com
website: fusedspace.com


“Hands, See Mouth,” is the first San Francisco solo show by John Houck. The exhibition’s title comes from a dream in which Houck looks up the word “hands” in an index and it says “see mouth” but, when he looks up “mouth,” it tells him to “see hands.” The experience suggests an endless loop of visual and tactile entwinement and alludes to the synesthesia of perceptions, perspectives and mediums that inform his work.

The exhibition includes work from three of Houck’s series. In “Playing and Reality” (2013 – present), the artist creates layered trompe l’oeil compositions, which feature his own paintings, printed photographs and creased colored paper. Using a process that involves photographing and re-photographing, Houck obscures the viewer’s certainty of what is painted and what is photographed, blurring the boundaries between documentary and illusionary space. He uses a soft color palette, comprised mostly of mixed shades rather than primary hues. And his paintings, which are rarely shown on their own, refer to varied art historical styles, including impressionism, constructivism, minimalism, op art and conceptualism.

Surreal elements are also at play in his “Coordinate Systems” series (2016 – present) in which photographic prints of plaster casts of the artist’s hand are overlaid with grids painted in flashe vinyl paint. The works explore the tension between the organic and the mathematical, digital technology and the literal digits of the human hand. The final images involve great sleight of hand, collapsing the space of the painted and the photographic, suggesting the malleable nature of memory and imagination.

PHOTOFAIRS SAN FRANCISCO

Event Type: FAIR

2018-02-22 to 2018-02-25  

Photofairs

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA 94123

Daily Admission Fri, Sat, or S   $20.00, First Look Thursday   $75.00

Hours: Thu 5:00 PM-10:00 PM;  Fri 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  Sat 11:00 AM-7:00 PM;  Sun 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

website: www.photofairs.org/san-francisco


International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography The West Coast’s only fair exclusively focused on the photographic arts will return to Fort Mason February 23 - 25, 2018.

PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco’s opening night will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the iconic Fort Mason Center situated on the San Francisco Bay. It will raise funds to add photographic works to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

The fair will open to collectors, curators and the public from February 23-25 and will offer contemporary photography and moving image by emerging and internationally recognized artists, many never seen before in the Bay Area.

“PHOTOFAIRS is honored to partner with SFMOMA, home of the largest space permanently dedicated to the display, study and interpretation of photography at any art museum in the United States. With this partnership and our selection of international galleries who participate in our Shanghai and San Francisco editions, we can continue to lead the conversation around collectible contemporary photography in the Asia Pacific region." PHOTOFAIRS’ Artistic Director, Alexander Montague-Sparey.

Galleries confirmed for PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco’s 2018 edition include: Almanaque (Mexico City), Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York), CAMERA WORK (Berlin), East Wing (Qatar), Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York & Zurich), EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco), Flowers Gallery (New York & London), Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris) PACE Gallery (New York, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Seoul and Beijing), Parrotta (Cologne), Ravestijn Gallery (Amsterdam), Robert Mann Gallery (New York), Robert Klein (Boston), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore), Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve (Paris), and Upfor Gallery (Portland).

RYAN MCGINLEY: PARADISO

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-13 to 2018-02-24  

Ratio3

2831A Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 821-3371
email: gallery@ratio3.org
website: www.ratio3.org


GQ called him "the most important photographer in America".

Throughout this most recent body of work, McGinley photographed nude figures in upstate New York during the winter and fall seasons. The transition of seasons brings complexity to even seemingly monochromatic landscapes. By concentrating on a single region during a particular season, McGinley has honed his images to depict the character of both place and person.

Where several images in Paradiso evoke the same sense of spontaneity as the artist’s earliest work, these images also reflect his deliberate focus that has shaped the last decade of McGinley’s practice. McGinley’s photographic treatment of his models is increasingly concerned with the body as form, departing from the spontaneous portraiture for which he first became known over a decade ago, yet preserving the exuberance of a candid image. Through careful direction of his subjects and selection of locations, McGinley constructs a world that pairs humanity with nature and blurs the distinction between fantasy and authenticity.

STUTTER SHUTTER

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-27 to 2018-03-03  

Casemore Kirkeby

1275 Minnesota Street, #102, San Francisco, CA 94107

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (415) 851-9808
email: info@casemorekirkeby.com
website: casemorekirkeby.com


Stutter Shutter is a solo exhibition of 13 photographs by Whitney Hubbs.

Stutter Shutter:

  • Pretend self-portraits
  • Sometimes real self-portraits
  • A cavity that molds together flesh and material
  • A stammered sequence of pictures to conjoin the material and immaterial
  • Trial and error
  • Accepting the limitation
  • And other picture

ARTISTS RECEPTION FOR ROBERTO FERNáNDEZ IBáñEZ AND HIS WORK "SORCERER'S APPRENTICES"

Event Type: OPENING

2018-03-01   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Corden Potts Gallery

49 Geary Street, Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 781-0110
email: info@cordenpottsgallery.com
website: www.cordenpottsgallery.com


Uruguayan Artist Roberto Fernández Ibáñez, is trained as a chemist and is a self-taught photographer, makes images characterized by experimentation with chemistry and light -- a return to the foundational elements of photographic technique. Exploring the frontier between the real and the imaginary, his work reflects his interests in the environment, human behavior and symbolism.

The gallery is showing two projects by Roberto Fernández Ibáñez: Afterfracking and Melting Point.

THE WONDERS OF MOTHER NATURE

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-30 to 2018-02-25  

Gallery 9

143 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022

Event is Free

Hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Sun 12:00 PM-4:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (650) 941-7969
website: http://www.gallery9losaltos.com


Local WOODTURNER ARTIST, KEN McCLOUD is joined by several FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHERS to present "The Wonders of Mother Nature," an artists' collaboration focusing on the beauty of various forms of woodturnings accompanied by photographs of trees in their natural element.

RECEPTION FOR LARINE LAVAL AND "HETEROTOPIA"

Event Type: OPENING

2018-03-01   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Robert Koch Gallery

49 Geary Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 421-0122
email: info@kochgalley.com
website: www.kochgallery.com


Her still and moving images often challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and can be seen as a bridge between the world we live in and a more surreal and dreamlike dimension. They are like metaphoric voyages or reveries through time, place, memory and perception where genres such as narrative and performance are expanded through visual and temporal transformations of represented reality. More recently, her work and approach to photography has moved away from figuration and narration towards abstraction and the deconstruction of representation. She has also integrated digital technologies in her process as a way to explore the limits of the medium and to engage a dialog with other mediums such as painting, moving images and performance.

ALMOST TRUE - PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE BOLLMAN

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-29 to 2018-03-03  

The LightRoom

2263 Fifth St., Berkeley, CA 94710

Event is Free

Hours: Mon 12:00 AM-12:00 AM;  Tue - Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (510) 649-8111
email: rob@lightroom.com
website: http://www.lightroom.com


A behind-the-scenes look at the publication of Emeryville photographer Steven Bollman's 30 year project of black and white photography.

LINDA CONNOR & ZHAN WANG: SPEAK TO THE STONES, AND THE STARS ANSWER

Event Type: OPENING

2018-03-01   5:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Haines Gallery

49 Geary Street, Suite 540, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 397-8114
email: art@hainesgallery.com
website: hainesgallery.com


Celebrated photographer Linda Connor has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work to places such as India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and Southeast Asia. Her work has been the subject of several monographs including: On the Music of the Spheres (Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996); Luminance (Woodrose, 1994); and Spiral Journey (Columbia College, 1990). A compendium of her work, Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor (Chronicle Books, 2008) includes over thirty years of photographs and was accompanied by a nationally traveling exhibition.

Zhan Wang is an important representative figure of Chinese contemporary art in the international art scene, working in sculpture, photography, and multimedia installations.

His series of stainless steel Artificial Rocks, begun in 1995, has garnered international acclaim and has been collected by institutions around the world. These works are based on an object symbolic of China’s past, the scholar’s rock, which was traditionally collected by the literati and placed in courtyards or other sites of private contemplation, such as studies. Zhan Wang’s stainless steel reinterpretations of this form draw attention to China’s shifting value systems and the reconstruction of its urban centers. These highly reflective works not only utilize the ubiquitous building material of his native country, but also reflect in a mirror-like fashion the rapid urbanization of modern-day China and its ongoing realignment with the natural world. These works are made through a painstaking handcrafted process for which the artist received a patent in 2002.

RECEPTION FOR: “BEST PHOTO”

Event Type: OPENING

2018-03-02   5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harvey Milk Photography Center

50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 554-9522
email: harveymilkphotocenter@gmail.com
website: harveymilkphotocenter.org


Through the Lens, in collaboration with Harvey Milk Photo Center, presents a curated show, “Best Photo”. In this exhibition, we will bring to you a series of images deemed as the artists’ best, or favorite, pieces.

“Best Photo“ consists of 50 total images, each submit from a different photographer to represent the self proclaimed “best” from their collection, along with the story of why they chose the image they did. Come join us for great imagery, and a little history of the photographers and storytelling behind the images.

INTIMACY AND THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING

Event Type: LECTURE

2018-02-28   4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Cantor Arts Center

328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford, CA 94305-5060

General Admission   $35.00, Members   $25.00

For more information:

phone: (650) 723-4177
website: museum.stanford.edu


In the digital age, we are deluged with visual information and an overabundance of images. What distinguishes Ed Kashi's work is the intimacy and complexity of his storytelling. This lecture will span a range of stories, issues, and approaches that represent the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. The lecture will touch on such diverse issues as Syrian refugees and the impact of oil in the Niger Delta to stories closer to home about immigration and aging.

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist and filmmaker dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. He has received numerous awards, including International Multimedia Photographer of the year 2015, UNICEF's Photo of the Year 2010, and honors from World Press Photo, Communication Arts and American Photography. Kashi's images have been published and exhibited worldwide and his personal projects and editorial assignments, including 17 feature stories for National Geographic magazine, have been published in eight monographs.

RECEPTION FOR: NINA DIETZEL DREAMLAND

Event Type: OPENING

2018-02-28   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SFMOMA Artist Gallery

2 Marina Boulevard, Building A, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

Event is Free

For more information:

email: artistgallery@sfmoma.org
website: www.sfmoma.org


Photographer Nina Dietzel captures the abandoned yet still enduring quality of a wild space in transition: the Salton Sea. Dreamland considers how the Salton Sea embodies one such vision of paradise, the ecological legacies of human development on the land, and the future of this temporarily human-dominated landscape.

There is a distinct sense that the manmade relics of the Salton Sea are being gradually swallowed back into the land: nature is taking over where humans left off. The washed-out hues of palm trees, cracks of baked-earth, coiled lengths of hoses, and a few remaining structures and trailers dot an ambiguous landscape that could be other places in the United States. In this way, Dreamland conveys a tension between anonymity and specificity in a particularly evocative example of modern humanity’s failed efforts to alter the natural landscape. In conversation with other bodies of work depicting the Salton Sea, Dreamland can be seen as a post-industrial record of the American West.

To RSVP for the reception, email artistsgallery@sfmoma.org.

HIKING THE ALPS BY IGOR PILAWSKI

Event Type: SHOW

2018-02-02 to 2018-02-22  

Pacific Art League

668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM;  Sat 10:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (650) 321-3891
email: info@pacificartleague.org
website: www.pacificartleague.org


Igor's show "Hiking the Alps" is an inspiring landscape photography show that will make you want to pack your bags.. Igor is a Polish-German photographer, Veterinarian and Stanford Scientist. In the Corridor Gallery.

PHOTOGRAPHY, CASSANDRA SMITH

Event Type: SHOW

2018-01-02 to 2018-02-28  

San Mateo City Hall Art Gallery

330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

Event is Free

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 AM-5:00 PM;  

For more information:

phone: (650) 522-7040
website: www.cityofsanmateo.org/1624/City-Hall-Exhibits


The natural beauty all around us is sometimes lost in the rush of daily life. We stroll or race by beauty constantly. Photographer and artist Cassandra Smith has captured some of the local natural wonders up close and personal. Smith’s first camera was her mother’s brownie Instamatic, and her love of photography has continued to grow. She received a BFA at the University of Arizona with a minor in graphic design and worked for over 25 years as a graphic designer. She now uses an iPhone and believes that what it lacks in detail is made up by its ability to capture the transient nature of our world. If you need a few minutes of calm and beauty, enjoy a selection of Smith’s works at the San Mateo City Hall Art Gallery.

ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION FOR: THE SECRET GARDEN OF LILY LAPALMA

Event Type: OPENING

2018-03-07   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Leica Store and Gallery

463 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 801-5066
email: gallery@leicastoresf.com
website: www.leicastoresf.com/gallery


The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco is excited to present, The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, an imaginative dream sequence produced by photographer Maggie Steber. The ongoing series is based on Steber's alter-ego, Lily, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Artist Statement:

The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma is a series of photographs made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and private memories, all the things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. In the Garden there is danger and beauty in a wild jungle that grows unfettered. The photographs address an exterior world now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape as a documentation of my subconscious and imagination, often posing as something entirely unrelated and recognized only by me. The photographs are done spur of the moment. I go from the gut. I don’t want them to be perfect because reality isn’t perfect, it’s messy, and the imperfection of these spontaneous moments reflects what I’m after.

The Garden is where I am the maiden standing on the hilltop, the wind blowing through my hair as I wait for the ships bearing treasures to roll in on the waves. I am the wild horse running across an open plain that extends without borders. I am the witness to dark and mysterious things. This is where my animalistic wild creative spirit resides. I have let loose a part of me, joyously rebelling against the tyranny of the documentary photography that has described me for decades and against how I am perceived as an artist. I call on all the things I loved growing up alone: Mysteries, grade B horror films, science fiction, the noir and sensuous forbidden ideas. I watched Hitchcock, Tarantino, Godard, Fellini, Bunuel and Antonioni. I read Shakespeare, Eduardo Galeano and Dante’s Inferno, anything that smacked of the surreal, mystery, intrigue, beauty, danger, and outer space. All these ideas have convened and landed me here in the Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma.

CONVERSATION: TABITHA SOREN WITH COREY KELLER

Event Type: LECTURE

2018-03-01   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness, SFAC MAIN GALLERY, San Francisco, CA 94102

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 252-2244
email: meg.shiffler@sfgov.org
website: www.sfartscommission.org/gallery/


SFAC Galleries is pleased to bring together two exceptional women--photographer Tabitha Soren and SFMOMA curator of photography Corey Keller--in an expansive conversation exploring practice, process, and the challenges of working with images in the world today. This event is planned in conjunction with Fantasy Life, Soren's exhibition currently on view in City Hall through March 23, 2018.

WOMEN IN FOCUS: CONTEMPORARY FEMALE NARRATIVES IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Event Type: OPENING

2018-02-23   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

E6 Gallery

1632 Market Street, Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94102

Event is Free

For more information:

phone: (415) 964-1937
email: E6@artnet.net
website: e6gallerysf.com


Los Angeles-based gallerist Robert Berman is re-opening his market street location E6 GALLERY with an exhibition featuring contemporary female photographers.

Robert Berman Gallery returns to the Bay Area with a newly remodeled art space after a two-year experiment "FRANKEL LAB" by the San Fransisco based Frankel Gallery in the same location. BERMAN E6 GALLERY originally opened in 2008 with wall drawings and performance by Raymond Pettibon and in the subsequent years exhibited a variety of artists represented by ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY in addition to historical and bay area artists.

Please join us on February 23rd from six to eight in the evening, as the gallery re-opens with WOMEN IN FOCUS: Contemporary Female Narratives in Photography an exhibition featuring Marla Rutherford, Alex Prager, Sharon Johnson-Tennant and others. This exhibition explores the role of the female perspective in contemporary photography.

“FOLLOW THE MONEY” A LECTURE BY CERTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHY APPRAISER JENNIFER L STOOTS

Event Type: LECTURE

2018-03-01   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Harvey Milk Photography Center

50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

General Admission   $10.00

For more information:

phone: (415) 554-9522
email: harveymilkphotocenter@gmail.com
website: harveymilkphotocenter.org


Except for, perhaps, the Paleolithic paintings of the Kondoa, Sulawesi and Lascaux caves, art has always been a commodity. Photography, in particular, was a pursuit of entrepreneurial inventors and businessmen long before the process of fixing an image had even been resolved. Once the Daguerreotype entered the public realm, a new industry was born and with it an array of possibilities relating to science, business, politics, advertising and art.

Why is this important? At a fundamental level, the basics of the art business are no different than any other time in history; the tools, mediums and tastes have changed, but the art market has patterns as well as cycles. The art world can be deliberately cloistered and the market mystifying for many. The aim of this lecture will be to demystify and illuminate based on Stoots’s experience working at galleries, art fairs and as an art & photography appraiser. Many of the issues and topics addressed are relevant to many fine art photographers and artists who work in the medium today.

This presentation will briefly review: The evolution of the Western art market. The motivations of invention and the birth of the photo industry. The “modern medium” and its acceptance as an art form. Snowballing of the photography market in the 1970s and 1980s, when there was a flourish of photography galleries in the US and major auction houses dedicated departments exclusively to photo. Top selling photographers and photographs—auction records and what’s interesting about the markets where those top tier prices were achieved. The current landscape of the fine art photography market, including a discussion of art fairs and online platforms.

STORYTELLERS LECTURE SERIES: SCOTT STRAZZANTE & BEN MOLINA

Event Type: LECTURE

2018-02-28   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SF Camerawork

1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605

General Admission   $10.00

For more information:

phone: (415) 487-1011
email: info@sfcamerawork.org
website: www.sfcamerawork.org


Join us in the gallery on Wednesday, February 28th, with photographers Scott Strazzante and Ben Molina. The Storytellers lecture series is curated in collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Judy Walgren and presents cutting-edge photographers from across the country whose approach to visual storytelling often blurs the lines between journalistic, documentary, and fine art photography. The "story" embedded in a photograph or group of photographs is what creates the understanding and connection between audience and photograph. Photojournalism has been the cornerstone of this narrative approach to image-making, but with shifting trends in photography production and consumption, Storytellers aims to broaden the conversation in and about successful modes of photographic practice.

Ben Molina is a designer who has spent over a decade working in the print industry. He currently lives in the Bay Area and works as a pre-production artist and programmer for national public institutions and public corporations. His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and publications. He has been involved in the design, editing, and production of several published photo books and zines. Ben is also an avid photobook collector.

Scott Strazzante is a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to his work at the Chronicle, he spent 27 years of his career working for various Chicago newspapers. Strazzante’s 23- year long personal project and first book, Common Ground, has been featured in National Geographic, Mother Jones, and New York Times’ Lens Blog, and has won BOP’s Best Feature Video and POYi’s Community Awareness Award. In 2017, Strazzante published his second book, Shooting from the Hip, a collection of iPhone Hipstamatic images. Strazzante is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, and was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for investigative journalism.