Collier Schorr

Artist lecture Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Swedish Soldier (Poster), 1997-2001

American photographer Collier Schorr’s pictures are an experimentation in intimacy. Her enigmatic portraits – mostly of adolescents in the United States and Germany – conflate ideas of sexuality and desire, nationalism and history, identity and politics by blending stark realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy. Through her lens, high school and collegiate wrestlers homogenize into one emotional and physical type. Photographs of German youths dressed in German, Israeli, Weimer (Nazi) or American Vietnam-era military uniforms provoke intensely personal responses triggered by associations embedded in social and political histories. Often conceptually driven, Schorr has also used drawing, collage and performance to illustrate her emotional and critical perspective. Her monographs include Blumen (2009), There I Was (2009), Forest and Fields (2006), Jens F (2005) and Conquistadores (2003).

In addition to her practice as an artist, Schorr is an arts writer, contributing to publications such as Artforum, Frieze and Parkett. She has taught at Columbia University, School of Visual Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. In 2003, she was appointed to the Yale University faculty where she currently serves as a senior critic in photography.

One of the few photographers featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Schorr’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a 2006 retrospective at Badischer Kunstverein, Germany and a solo exhibition at CoCA Kronika, Bytom, Poland in 2010. Her work is represented in collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum and Walker Art Center.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010.

Bieke Depoorter

Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”

In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.

In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.

She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.

Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.