Just last month we finally took our team out to explore Pier 24. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s an exhibition space that’s used to showcase photography. Much of the exhibit is from the Pilara Foundation Collection but they also showcase other work outside of the collection.
The collection on display during our visit (and that’s up until February 28, 2013) is called About Face, and focuses on portrait-based photography.
Personally I really enjoyed Jim Goldberg‘s work entitled Rich & Poor. The photos are great, but for me it was the thoughts written out by the subjects on their lives that made it have enough of an impact on me to make me actually sigh out loud about some of what I was reading. But Goldberg’s work is nicely juxtaposed against Larry Sultan‘s SF Society shots of Dede, Vanessa, Billy and Denise (any San Francisco socialites or readers of San Francisco Magazine or 7×7 should know those folks by just their first names).
Another photographer who’s work stood out was Hans-Peter Feldman who’s series 100 years, is a fun scroll through just that. It was striking as you looked at the portraits of everyday Germans, how from ages 13 (Lynn) to 14 (Lena), there’s a dramatic jump towards adulthood. You really have to see it and walk it in order (and then in reverse) to get the full impact. Jessica from our team also liked that one saying the she “liked how it was laid out, filling the entire room with every photo in a row. A simple idea but very engaging.”
Some more thoughts from the rest of our team:
Amy: “I thought they had a really modern collection. Ive never seen a Philip di Lorca printed and I thought it was really powerful! It was my favorite piece. I thought it was odd that they didn’t have the photogs listed under each print, but then you realize it’s an appt only gallery specifically so the staff can talk to you about the artists. The girl who helped us