Looking Back reviewed in The Potrero View

October 24, 2021


This month’s issue of The Potrero View featured a review of Looking Back by arts critic, Max Blue. In his piece, Blue asserts “Because photography shows us how things are – or were, at one moment in time – Looking Back is as much a history of humanity as it is a history of an artistic medium.”

To read his full article—”The Big Picture”—click HERE.


New Publication—Photographers Looking at Photographs Available

December 10, 2019

We are please to announce our newest publication—Photographers Looking at Photographs: 75 Pictures from the Pilara Foundation—is now available.

180 pages | 113 images | 13 x 11.25 in. | Hardcover | 978-1-59711-006-8 |

Edited and introduced by Allie Haeusslein
Contributing writers include Thomas Demand, Jim Goldberg, Paul Graham, Jackie Nickerson, Eva O’Leary, Catherine Opie, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, and Jeff Wall, among others.

In Photographers Looking at Photographs, 75 artists from the Pilara Foundation collection write about works they have selected from the collection. They were asked to draw inspiration from John Szarkowski’s seminal book Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (1973), a text that has influenced and educated generations of photographers.

To preview the publication, click here.

To purchase the publication, click here.


Upcoming Lecture with Jonathan Calm

October 1, 2019

Jonathan Calm, Green Book (Jackson II), 2016

Pier 24 Photography announces an upcoming lecture by artist Jonathan Calm, the 2019 recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award. This lecture is part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 9th – 7PM at the Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Jonathan Calm is a visual artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance. A central theme of his work is the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

To read more about Calm and this program, click here.


Gallery Guide for Looking Back Available!

August 1, 2019

We are please to announce that the gallery guide for our current exhibition Looking Back is now available!

152 pages | 132 images | 90 artwork reproductions | 8.5 x 11 in. | Softcover |978-1-59711-005-1

This guide offers readers a detailed look at Pier 24 Photography’s eleventh exhibition, Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography. The publication documents Pier 24 Photography’s unique installations, including titles and dates for the works on view, quotes by many of the exhibited artists, and a brief introduction to the exhibition.

The first of two consecutive exhibitions that Pier 24 Photography will present on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Looking Back features photographers and subjects the Pilara Foundation collected in depth before this space opened. Many of these core photographers—including Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Dorothea Lange, and Hiroshi Sugimoto—have been instrumental to the medium’s development. Reflecting the Foundation’s significant focus on the genre, the exhibition’s opening galleries highlight a wide range of portraiture, ranging from mugshots and works by unknown photographers to iconic images by celebrated figures in the history of photography. The main gallery—entitled “About Face”—spans more than 120 years of the medium, presenting the portrait through the lenses of nearly fifty different artists. With its other thematic galleries, Looking Back also reconsiders subjects explored in some of the ten exhibitions on view since Pier 24 opened. These installations incorporate recent additions to the collection, reframing the themes explored in earlier presentations and demonstrating their continued relevance.

Looking Back is not meant to reflect the breadth of the collection as a whole but rather to focus on some of the key building blocks of the Foundation’s collection. In 2020, Looking Forward—the second of the anniversary exhibitions—will examine works primarily collected since Pier 24 Photography’s founding. Together, these shows will consider the Pilara Foundation Collection’s origins, recent history, and future trajectory.

You can purchase the gallery guide here.

You can view the gallery guide online here.


American Photographer Jonathan Calm receives the 2019 Larry Sultan Photography Award

October 10, 2019

Presented in partnership with the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Headlands Center for the Arts, Jonathan Calm has been selected to receive the prestigious Larry Sultan Photography Award. The award consists of a $10,000 cash award and an artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. Calm will also engage meaningfully in the Bay Area’s photography community, giving a free, public lecture on October 9, 2019.

Jonathan Calm (b. 1971, United States) is a visual artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance. A central theme of his work is the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.


Belgian Photographer Bieke Depoorter receives the 2018 Larry Sultan Photography Award

October 8, 2018

In a collaborative partnership with four major Bay Area arts organizations, Bieke Depoorter has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 Larry Sultan Photography Award. The award, granted through a partnership of California College of the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Pier 24 Photography, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, consists of a $10,000 cash award and an artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. As the 2018 awardee, Depoorter will engage with the Bay Area photography community by working with students at the California College of the Arts this fall and giving a free, public lecture on November 8, 2018.

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.”

To read the complete press release, click HERE.


The Grain of the Present featured in San Francisco Chronicle

September 11, 2017


This past Saturday’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle featured a review of The Grain of the Present by arts critic, Charles Desmarais. In his piece, Desmarais discusses the significance of the exhibition’s first generation photographers before going on to discuss the “eye-opening new takes by a second generation.”

To read his full article—”Ways of viewing the social landscape at Pier 24 Photography”—click HERE.


Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale at the High Museum of Art

June 23, 2017

Paul Graham
Pittsburgh (detail) from a shimmer of possibility, 2004
© Paul Graham; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York


Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale opens at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on June 24, 2017. This exhibition brings together three of Graham’s most groundbreaking bodies of work, made across the United States between 1998 and 2011: American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–2006), and The Present (2009–2001). Linked by a common subject matter, the work gathered here examines the state of race and social class in America while using the very nature of sight and the medium of photography as metaphors for inequality, invisibility, and the ways photographs inflect our perceptions of the world.

Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale is organized by Pier 24 Photography and features nearly forty works, ranging from individual large-scale photographs to sequences of over a dozen images. The exhibition is on view June 24–October 22, 2017.

To learn more, click HERE.


The Grain of the Present in The Bay Area Reporter

April 27, 2017


Sura Wood reviews our current exhibition for The Bay Area Reporter. Wood shows particular interest in the contemporary photographers included, writing “…the most exciting feature of this show is its discoveries, and those belong to a field of six younger artists, half of them women, who are certainly well-acquainted with the work of the old guard.” To read her full article—”Present tense”—click HERE.


Collected in The Art Newspaper

November 16, 2016


This month’s issue of The Art Newspaper features a special report on Photography. In one of the included articles writer Jori Finkel discusses our current exhibition Collected and the Bay Area’s community of photography collectors.

Finkel writes, “Now more than ever, the city seems to be the epicentre of serious—and sometimes seriously eccentric—photography collecting in the US.” To read her full article—”Bay Area collectors reach critical mass”—click HERE.


Pier 24 at the San Francisco Art Book Fair

July 13, 2016


Minnesota Street Projects
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Saturday, July 23rd: 11am – 6pm |  Sunday, July 24th: 11am – 5pm
Preview on Friday, July 22nd: 6pm – 10pm

Pier 24 Photographs is excited to participate in the inaugural San Francisco Art Book Fair, an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. The fair includes artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples presented by independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts, as well as a diverse range of programs and live performances.


Collected reviewed by Charles Desmarais for The San Francisco Chronicle

June 4, 2016

Our current exhibition, Collected, is featured on the front page of Saturday’s Datebook in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The newspaper’s art critic, Charles Desmarais, writes, “Collected dives into aspects of 10 private collections in the Bay Area. It is an intimate look behind the curtains that would normally screen such accumulations from our view.”

To read “Snapshot of the collector,” click HERE.


Collected in Art in America

May 17, 2016


Lindsay Pollock—editior-in-chief at Art in America—discussed our current exhibition, Collected, in a piece about the local art scene in San Francisco.

Of Collected, Pollock writes, “the works are well chosen and offer insight into the collectors’ psychology.”

To read “Local Largesse: Collected in San Francisco,” click HERE.


Pier 24 Photography on Artsy

May 12, 2016


Monica Westin included Pier 24 Photography in her recent article “An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the San Francisco Art Scene” published through Artsy.

She writes: Pier 24 Photography “houses the jaw-dropping Pilara Foundation’s collection in addition to exhibiting ambitious but accessible shows of historical and contemporary photography.”

You can check out Westin’s comprehensive survey of arts spaces around San Francisco HERE.


Erica Deeman's installation featured in San Francisco Chronicle

May 2, 2016


In this week’s San Francisco Chronicle, Sam Whiting writes about Erica Deeman and the installation of her work in our current exhibition, Collected.

Whiting writes, “One moment Erica Deeman was an intern at Pier 24 Photography. The next, she was a featured artist there, her portraits of women from the African diaspora shown in their own gallery between ones dedicated to famous photographers Robert Frank and William Eggleston.”

To read “Gallery intern improbably leaps to important show,” click HERE.


Paul Graham featured in The New York Times

February 18, 2016


This Sunday’s print edition of The New York Times will feature an article about Paul Graham and The Whiteness of the Whale.

Philip Gefter writes, “The British photographer Paul Graham, among [Walker] Evans’s most consequential heirs, does a lot of staring and also waiting as he roams the streets of New York, where he has lived since 2002, or the industrial pockets of suburban America, anticipating some wisp of an instant worth shooting, one to remind us we are all residing on the same planet, all of us in our own skins.”

To read “Paul Graham and Seizing the Everyday Moments,” click HERE.


Upcoming talk by Paul Graham in NYC

February 8, 2016

Paul Graham will be in conversation with Nicholas Dawidoff at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 10th at Strand Bookstore.

Strand Bookstore
3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10013

The focus of their conversation will be The Whiteness of the Whale exhibition and catalog.

Please note: You must purchase a copy of The Whiteness of the Whale or a $20 gift card from Strand in order to attend this event.

For complete details, click HERE.


Pier 24 Photography to participate in SF Art Book Pop-Up - Saturday, February 6

January 26, 2016

We are excited to join other Bay Area publishers at this year’s SF Art Book Pop-Up where we will have our gallery guides, exhibition catalogues, and other publications available for purchase!

Kadist Art Foundation
3295 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Saturday, February 6, 2006, 12pm – 7pm
Free and open to the public

For more information, click HERE.


The Whiteness of the Whale featured in the British Journal of Photography

January 12, 2016

The January issue of the British Journal of Photography features an article about Paul Graham’s The Whiteness of the Whale.

Glen Helfand writes, “It’s the first time the gallery has showcased a single artist, but its luxurious size meant it was able to give Graham’s three series the space they require. His work is subtle and multilayered, meaning it requires plenty of room for contemplation; in addition, The Whiteness of the Whale featured carefully thought-through installations.”

To read “Paul Graham takes over Pier 24 with his American trilogy,” click HERE.


Secondhand featured as "Best of 2015"

January 6, 2016


We are excited to see that our exhibition Secondhand was featured in Squarecylinder’s “Best of 2015”!!

“In 2010, Google calculated that every two days we create as much information as humanity did from the dawn of civilization through 2003.  Secondhand, one the most ambitious photo shows ever mounted, attempted to make sense of that dilemma as it pertains to the accumulated residue of the 150 years of photography and, more recently, glut of images being uploaded to social media each day.  No exhibition could possibly make sense of it, and this one didn’t.  But it definitely outlined the dimensions of the challenge, bringing together reportage, vernacular images, found photos, scientific documentation and highly eccentric examples of fine art photography by the likes of Maurizio Anzeri, Daniel Gordon, Matt Lipps and others.  A head-spinning, exhausting exhibition that will not soon be equaled, due to the sheer amount of imagery surveyed and the vast amount of space required to display it all.”  – David Roth, Squarecylinder

You can view the “Best of 2015” in its entirety HERE.