The Grain of the Present: Educational Materials


Pier 24 Photography offers various ways of learning about and experiencing the works on view in our exhibitions, both in person and online. The supporting content included here is intended to provide our visitors and extended community with an opportunity to learn more about the artists on view and ideas and themes through artist videos, lectures, and suggested publications for additional reading and looking.

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The links below lead to content that thematically relates to The Grain of the Present.

New Documents: Fifty Years Later (2017)
In 1967, The Museum of Modern Art presented New Documents, a landmark exhibition organized by John Szarkowski that featured Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand, singularly important artists of the 20th century who were largely unknown at the time. Taking place on the 50th anniversary (to the day) of the exhibition's opening reception, New Documents: Fifty Years Later brings together three key figures who visited the landmark photography exhibition in 1967—Max Kozloff, Tod Papageorge, and Martha Rosler—and whose critical reflections have shaped our understanding of its legacy.

Exhibition walk-through of New Topographics at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009)
Photographers Frank Gohlke, John Schott, and Henry Wessel walk through the 2009 restaging of New Topographics at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

"The Unreasonable Apple" by Paul Graham
Originally given as a presentation at the Museum of Modern Art's Photography Forum in February 2010, photographer Paul Graham discusses the profound power of using the world around us as subject matter in photographs.

Ephemera from New Documents
The original press release, wall label, and checklist for New Documents at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967.


Book Flip-Throughs

The videos below flip-through the publications for a number of the bodies of work on view in our current exhibition.

Alec Soth “Niagara”

Nicholas Nixon "The Brown Sisters: Forty Years"

Vanessa Winship “she dances on Jackson”

Stephen Shore "Uncommon Places"

Robert Adams "Prairie"

Lewis Baltz "Candlestick Point"

Lee Friedlander "The Little Screens"

Garry Winogrand "Women Are Beautiful"

Eamonn Doyle "i"



Adams, Robert. Why People Photograph: Selected Essays and Reviews. New York: Aperture, 1994. Print.
ISBN: 978-0893815974

Baltz, Lewis. Lewis Baltz: Texts. Göttingen: Steidl, 2012. Print.
ISBN: 978-3869304366

Dexter, Emma and Thomas Weski. Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th Century Photograph. London: Tate Modern, 2003. Print
ISBN: 978-1854374547

Hermanson Meister, Sarah. Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2017. Print.
ISBN: 978-0870709555

Jenkins, William. New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. Rochester, NY: International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. 1975. Print.

Papageorge, Tod. Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography. New York: Aperture, 2011. Print.
ISBN: 978-1597111720

Salvesen, Britt and Alison Nordström. New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. Tucson, AZ: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Rochester, NY: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; Göttingen: Steidl, 2013. Print.
ISBN: 978-3865218278

Shore, Stephen. The Nature of Photographs: A Primer. London/New York: Phaidon Press, 2012. Print.
ISBN: 978-0714859040



Adams, Robert. Prairie. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. Print.
ISBN: 978-0300180534

Adams, Robert. The Place We Live. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; Göttingen: Steidl, 2013. Print.
ISBN: 978-3869305332



Arbus, Diane. Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. New York: Aperture, 2012. Print.
ISBN: 978-1597111751

Arbus, Diane. Diane Arbus: Revelations. New York: Random House, 2003. Print.
ISBN: 978-0375506208



Baltz, Lewis. Candlestick Point. Göttingen: Steidl, 2011. Print.
ISBN: 978-3869301099

Baltz, Lewis & Gus Blaisdell. Candlestick Point. Tokyo: Gallery Min; New York: Aperture, 1989. Print.
ISBN: 4-906265-50-2



Becher, Bernd & Hilla. Industrial Landscapes. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. Print.

ISBN: 978-0262025072

Becher, Bernd & Hilla. Typologies of Industrial Buildings. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2004. Print.
ISBN: 978-0262025652



Benson, Richard, Lee Friedlander and Peter Galassi. Friedlander. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2005. Print.
ISBN: 978-0870703447

Friedlander, Lee. The Little Screens. San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2001. Print.
ISBN: 978-1881337119



Donohoe, David, Eamonn Doyle, and Niall Sweeney. End. Dublin: D1, 2016. Print.
ISBN: 978-0992848729

Doyle, Eamonn. On. Dublin: D1, 2015. Print.
ISBN: 978-0992848712

Doyle, Eamonn. i. Dublin: D1, 2014. Print.



Frazier, LaToya Ruby. The Notion of Family. New York: Aperture, 2014. Print.
ISBN: 978-1597112482



Nixon, Nicholas. The Brown Sisters. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1999. Print.
ISBN: 978-0870700422

Nixon, Nicholas. The Brown Sisters: Thirty-three Years. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-0870707193

Nixon, Nicholas. The Brown Sisters: Forty Years. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2014. Print.
ISBN: 978-0870709531



Panar, Ed. Animals that Saw Me: Volume One. Los Angeles: Ice Plant, 2011. Print.
ISBN: 978-0982365342

Panar, Ed. Animals that Saw Me: Volume Two. Los Angeles: Ice Plant, 2016. Print.

Panar, Ed. Golden Palms. Atlanta, GA: J&L Books, 2007. Print.
ISBN: 978-0974690865



Shore, Stephen. Stephen Shore: A Road Trip Journal. London/New York: Phaidon Press, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-0714848013

Shore, Stephen. Stephen Shore: American Surfaces. London/New York: Phaidon Press, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-0714848631

Shore, Stephen. Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places: The Complete Works. New York: Aperture, 2005. Print.
ISBN: 978-1931788342


Soth, Alec. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America. Minneapolis, The Walker Art Center, 2010. Print.
ISBN: 978-3775727501

Soth, Alec. Niagara. Göttingen: Steidl, 2006. Print.
ISBN: 978-3865212337

Soth, Alec. Sleeping by the Mississippi. Göttingen: Steidl; London: Thames & Hudson, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-3865217530

Soth, Alec. Songbook. London: MACK, 2015. Print.
ISBN: 978-1910164020



van der Molen, Awoiska. Blanco. Amsterdam: Fw:Books, 2017. Print.
ISBN: 978-9490119485

van der Molen, Awoiska. Sequester. Amsterdam: Fw:Books, 2014. Print.
ISBN: 978-9490119294



Wessel, Henry. Henry Wessel. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. Print.
ISBN: 978-3865213914

Wessel, Henry. Henry Wessel: Five Books: California and the West, Odd Photos, Las Vegas, Real Estate Photographs, Night Walk. Göttingen: Steidl, 2005. Print.
ISBN: 978-3865211330



Rubinfien, Leo. Garry Winogrand. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013. Print.
ISBN: 978-0300191776

Winogrand, Garry. Women Are Beautiful. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975. Print.
ISBN: 978-0374292775



Winship, Vanessa. she dances on Jackson. London: Mack, 2013. Print.
ISBN: 9781907946363