Martin Parr

Artist lecture Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7PM
imken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
New Brighton from The Last Resort, 1983-85

British photographer Martin Parr is a true master of social commentary, capturing humanity in all of its follies. He frames the revealing moments – often highlighting cultural peculiarities – with quirky precision and presents them in ultra-vivid color. Growing up in the English suburbs of the early 1960s, Parr’s passion for collecting and his grandfather’s enthusiasm for photography laid the groundwork for his career as a documentary photographer; he went on to study photography at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970 to 1973. In recent years, he has developed an interest in filmmaking and has started to use his photography in different contexts such as fashion and advertising.

In 1994, he became a member of Magnum Photos after much debate over his provocative photographic style. The Barbican Art Gallery and National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Parr’s work in 2002; the exhibition toured Europe for the next five years.

Parr has published a multitude of artist’s books including Life’s a Beach (2012), Mexico (2006), Common Sense (2002), Small World (1995), The Cost of Living (1989) and Last Resort (1986). Additionally, he is an expert in the subject of photo books, collaborating on a series of volumes tracing the major trends and movements since the genre’s birth.

In 2004, Parr was appointed a professor of photography at the University of Wales Newport campus. He served as a guest artistic director for Rencontres D’Arles in 2008 and curated the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2010.

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.