David Levi Strauss

Artist lecture Thursday, November 13, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
David Levi Strauss, photo by Sterrett Smith.

David Levi Strauss is an award-winning critic and writer based in New York. His essays and reviews regularly appear in publications including Artforum, Aperture, Art in America and The Nation. He is the author of From Head to Hand: Art & the Manual (Oxford University Press, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics (Aperture, 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics (Autonomedia 1999), among many others.

Strauss studied photography at Goddard College and the Visual Studies Workshop. He moved to San Francisco in 1978, where he studied in the Poetics Program at New College of California under Robert Duncan. He also served as the editor and publisher of the literary journal ACTS: A Journal of New Writing until relocating to New York City in 1993. Strauss was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2003-2004 and the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. From 2000-2005, he was a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. He is now Chair of the MFA program in art criticism & writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

This year, Aperture published Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow, a series of Strauss’ essays that explore photography’s ever-changing role in contemporary culture and the issues and events altering the way we consider the medium.


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

Click HERE for more information on the Larry Sultan Photography Award

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.