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 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


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.