Daniel Gordon

Artist lecture Friday, April 17, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Ratatouille and Smoke Bush, 2014

Brooklyn based photographer Daniel Gordon is best known for his lusciously colored, wildly patterned photographs that capture three-dimensional tableaux created in the studio. Gordon sources images from the Internet, prints his findings on an inkjet printer, and sculpts elaborate still-lifes and portraits from these appropriated images. His temporary constructions are then carefully lit and photographed with a large format camera, before being dismantled. Through his final photographs, Gordon considers notions of artifice and authenticity, while recontextualizing his found imagery.

As an undergraduate, he simulated human flight in the series, Flying Pictures (2001-2004). An assistant photographed Gordon as he catapulted himself into mid-air, capturing the magical instant – about 1/125 of a second – before gravity took effect. The resulting images blur the lines between reality and fiction, simultaneously documenting his activity and portraying an impossible event.

Gordon earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 2004, and Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include Out of Focus at the Saatchi Gallery; New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art; and Greater New York (2010) at MoMA PS1. He has authored Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013); Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011); and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). Gordon won the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award in 2014; a solo exhibition at the museum followed later that year. He has been a critic in photography at the Yale University School of Art since 2013.


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.