Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Alison Rossiter takes a minimalist approach to creating her photographs. She does not use a camera or film, nor does she use light. Since 2007, she has processed sheets of expired gelatin silver paper in photographic chemicals in the darkroom. Her work begins with collecting packages of commercially manufactured papers dating from 1900 onward, with a few rare examples from the nineteenth century, and is completed by the simple acts of immersing or dipping a sheet of paper in developer, or of pouring or pooling the developer on the sheet, followed by stopping and fixing the print. She refers to her work in terms of “latent images,” which have already been more or less fully formed by use or neglect and must simply be developed and fixed, and “processing experiments,” which require more intervention to create images. Rossiter achieves a rich array of results, with some works suggesting the faint impressions of primitive mark-making, others resembling landscapes, and still others calling to mind mid-twentieth-century painterly abstractions. Through the fundamentals of analog photography, she develops a dialogue between technology, process, the history of the medium and simple, raw materials.
Rossiter studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. Her photographs have been collected by institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. Most recently, her work was featured in the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Navesink, New Jersey, and Manhattan.
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
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.