Pier 24 Publications with Mack Books and Aperture Foundation

September 22, 2015

We are thrilled to announce three new publications this fall. We have worked closely with Mack Books (London) to co-publish Paul Graham’s The Whiteness of the Whale, and with Aperture Foundation (New York) to co-publish Richard Learoyd’s Day for Night and Rochester 585/716: A Postcard from America Project.

Click the title above each image to learn more about the publication and to purchase a copy for your library!

Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale

Richard Learoyd: Day for Night

Rochester 585/716: A Postcard from America Project


Fall 2015 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program Announced

September 9, 2015


We are very excited to announce the Fall 2015 line up for the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program. This season will feature lectures by Paul Graham, Alison Rossiter, and Owen Kydd. Each lecture will be held at California College of the Arts’ Timken Lecture Hall in San Francisco. The Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program is a collaboration with Pier 24 Photography, California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the program brings six international artists, 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.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Thursday, October 29, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco


Interview with Paul Graham

September 3, 2015

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We just released a wonderful conversation with Paul Graham on our website. Click HERE to learn more about how Paul became interested in photography, how he approaches photographing the social fabric of the United States, and his interest in capturing the flow of life around him.


New Artist Video: Paul Graham

August 10, 2015

We are excited to release this new artist video on the occasion of The Whiteness of the Whale, a solo exhibition by Paul Graham at Pier 24 Photography.

For the first time, this exhibition brings together three bodies of work made in the United States between 1998 and 2011, American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–06), and The Present (2009–11). The Whiteness of the Whale features nearly sixty works, ranging from singular large-scale photographs to sequences of over twenty images. This exhibition marks Pier 24 Photography’s first single-artist presentation and the only time a shimmer of possibility has been presented in its entirety. Graham’s three bodies of work from this period operate as an informal trilogy, linked not only by common subject matter, but also by underlying issues such as racial and social inequality, the texture of everyday life, and the nature of sight, perception, and photography itself.

The Whiteness of the Whale is on view from August 3, 2015 – February 29, 2016.


The Whiteness of the Whale at Pier 24 Photography

June 12, 2015


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We are very excited to announce our seventh exhibition, The Whiteness of the Whale, featuring works made in the United States by British-born artist Paul Graham. Opening in August, this exhibition marks the first time that Graham’s series American Night (1998-2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004-6), and The Present (2009-11), will be shown together, as well as Pier 24 Photography’s first solo exhibition.

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New Pier 24 Photography publication!

May 1, 2015


We are excited to present our newest exhibition catalog featuring 137 selected photographs that were presented at Pier 24 Photography within the exhibition A Sense of Place. Included in this exhibition catalog are two original essays by leading scholars on photography, and an conversation between Paul Graham, Stephen Shore, and Pier 24 Photography Director, Chris McCall.

For its fifth exhibition, Pier 24 Photography presents A Sense of Place, an exploration of how photographs shape the perception of our environments. Together, the exhibited works shift in scale from room size installations to small, quiet photographs, transporting the viewer through a variety of locations, memories, and emotive experiences.

Taken as a whole, the pictures assembled in A Sense of Place demonstrate what photography does best, drawing our attention to the everyday—and what we might otherwise bypass—and inspiring us to take another, closer look at our surroundings. With over 50 photographers and 400 works represented in A Sense of Place, the exhibition takes a close look at photographers such as Robert Adams, Doug Aitken, Uta Barth, Erik William Carroll, John Chiara, Moyra Davey, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Todd Hido, Rinko Kawauchi, Erik Kessels, Asako Narahashi, Stephen Shore, Jeff Wall, plus many more.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition
A Sense of Place July 1, 2013 – May 1, 2014

137 pages / 100 images / 66 artwork reproductions

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Daniel Gordon lecture on April 02, 7PM / CCA

March 10, 2015


We are very excited to announce that Brooklyn based photographer Daniel Gordon will be the next Larry Sultan Visiting Artist. Gordon will speak on Thursday, April 02, 2015, at  7:00pm in the Timken Lecture Hall at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. As always, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Gordon is best known for his lusciously colored, wildly patterned photographs that capture three-dimensional tableaux created in the studio. Gordon sources images from the Internet, prints his findings on an inkjet printer, and sculpts elaborate still lifes and portraits from these appropriated images. His temporary constructions are then carefully lit and photographed with a large format camera, before being dismantled. Through his final photographs, Gordon considers notions of artifice and authenticity, while recontextualizing his found imagery.

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