Erik Kessels

Artist lecture Friday, February 25, 2011 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
24 HRS in Photos, installation image

Erik Kessels is a founding partner and creative director of communications agency KesselsKramer. The company supports finding new ways for brands to tell stories using whatever media is most relevant to their message. He also helped set up KK Outlet, a combined exhibition space, gallery, and communications agency in London.

Kessels is a photography collector and has designed, edited, and published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing, including the in almost every picture series, The Instant Men, and Wonder. Since 2000 he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. Kessels has curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Arles. He was one of four curators (with Lou Reed, Fred Ritchin, and Vince Aletti) of the New York Photo Festival 2010, where he presented the exhibition Use me Abuse me.


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.