Philip Gefter and Mike Mandel

Artist lecture Saturday, March 15, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Oranges on Fire, 1975

Philip Gefter is an author and photography critic. He was on staff at The New York Times for more than fifteen years, where as page one picture editor and then senior picture editor for culture, he wrote regularly about photography. Early in his career, Gefter was a picture editor at Fortune and an Assistant Editor at Aperture. In 2010, he produced the award-winning documentary Bill Cunningham New York. The recipient of a Museum Scholar residency at the Getty Research Institute, he has recently completed a biography of curator-collector, Sam Wagstaff.

Mike Mandel grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley during a period of expansion and transformation of the landscape that included the appearance of billboards, strip malls, and miles of freeways. This experience informs much of his work, which questions the meaning of photographic imagery within popular culture and draws from snapshots, advertising, news photographs, and public and corporate archives.

In 1977, Mandel and Larry Sultan collaborated on the seminal photographic book Evidence, comprised of file photographs from engineering, corporate and government agencies. Over a period of twenty-five years, Mandel and Sultan designed both temporary and permanent artworks specifically for public sites. Their collaboration has been documented in a recent monograph Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel (2012).

Since the early 1990s, Mandel has worked extensively on public art projects transforming photographic imagery into large scale glass and ceramic tile mosaic murals. He has been awarded several NEA grants and a Fulbright Fellowship. This spring, he will serve as a visiting lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.


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 international artists, 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


Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012 [Detail]

Marco Breuer

Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.