Belgian Photographer Bieke Depoorter receives the 2019 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.


Conversations with Secondhand Artists

December 3, 2015


We are excited to release a new publication dedicated to interviews with artists featured in our exhibition Secondhand.

CONVERSATIONS brings together original interviews with contemporary photographers featured in Secondhand—an exhibition at Pier 24 Photography from August 4, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Discussions of influence, process, and the significance of appropriation characterize this collection of revealing conversations with a distinctive and international group of artists.

Interviews from: Maurizio Anzeri, Viktoria Binschtok, Melissa Catanese, Daniel Gordon, Erik Kessels, Matt Lipps, Mike Mandel, Rashid Rana, Joachim Schmid, and Hank Willis Thomas.

86 pages | 60 images | 40 artwork reproductions | 7 x 9 in. | Paperback | Perfect bound

Learn more HERE.


New Artist Video: Melissa Catanese / Dive Dark Dream Slow

December 1, 2015

We are excited to present our latest artist video, featuring Melissa Catanese and her series Dive Dark Dream Slow!

“Dive Dark Dream Slow is rooted in the mystery and delight of the ‘found’ image and the ‘snapshot’ aesthetic, but pushes beneath the nostalgic surface of these pictures, re-reading them as luminous transmissions of anticipation, fear, and desire. Selected from the vernacular photography collection of Peter J. Cohen––a massive curated archive of over 20,000 photographs––Dive Dark Dream Slow explores an alternate reading of the collection, drifting away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive, and openly poetic.”

–Melissa Catanese

Dive Dark Dream Slow was published as a book by The Ice Plant in 2012, and presented at Pier 24 Photography as part of the exhibition Secondhand, on view from August 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015.


Upcoming lecture with Alison Rossiter

October 23, 2015

We are excited to announce an upcoming lecture by artist Alison Rossiter. The lecture will be held on Thursday, October 29th – 7PM at the  Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco.


Haloid Military, expired October 1957, processed 2015, 2015


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, 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.

Learn more HERE.


Paul Graham Lecture at California College of the Arts, San Francisco

October 12, 2015

We are excited to welcome British photographer Paul Graham back to San Francisco as a guest of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program. Paul will be giving a free and open public lecture at California College of the Arts on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm.

There will be a 30 minute book signing for Graham’s new catalog The Whiteness of the Whale, which corresponds to his current exhibition at Pier 24 Photography, directly after the lecture.

Learn more HERE.

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Announcing the Larry Sultan Photography Award

October 1, 2015

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to announce the Larry Sultan Photography Award presented in partnership with California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and The Headlands Center for the Arts. This award honors the unique vision of American photographer Larry Sultan and his unparalleled impact as an artist, educator, and community member by recognizing one exceptional artist in the medium each year. The Awardee will be in residence at Headlands for six to ten weeks, alongside a multi-disciplinary cohort of Artists in Residence, receive a $10,000 cash award, and engage meaningfully in the Bay Area’s photography community.

This Award represents an expansion of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artists Program, which brings six international artists, writers, and curators to San Francisco each year to offer free public lectures and to work directly with students at CCA. Both offerings are made possible through the generous support of Pier 24 Photography, Randi and Bob Fisher, Nion McEvoy, Jamie Lunder, Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner, and The Black Dog Private Foundation.

The inaugural recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award for Spring 2016 will go to artist Marco Breuer.

Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012

Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.