About Face

Exhibition Guide

Published on the occasion of the exhibition
May 15, 2012 – April 30, 2013

120 pages | 105 images | 58 artwork reproductions | 8.5 x 11 in. | Paperback | Perfect bound | 978-0-9839917-1-7


This guide offers readers a detailed look at Pier 24 Photography’s forth exhibition, About Face. The publication documents Pier 24 Photography’s unique installations, and includes titles and dates for the works on view, quotes by many of the exhibited artists, and a brief introduction to the exhibition.

About Face, focuses on the tradition of portrait-based photography. Nearly thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation’s permanent collection were exhibited from May 15th, 2012 – April 30th, 2013. The exhibition encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day, providing a context within which to consider the unique dynamic between the subject, photographer and viewer.

With over 100 photographers presented in About Face, the exhibition takes a close look at works by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Lee Friedlander, Jim Goldberg, Nan Goldin, Richard Learoyd, August Sander, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Larry Sultan, Gillian Wearing and Liu Zheng among others.