Friday, October 5, 2012
The other day I visited Pier 24, and utterly amazing "place to view and think about photography." It's also a very mysterious spot. Since it opened a year or so ago it seems hardly to have been publicized at all. Some San Franciscans, myself included, seem to have vaguely heard of it, and many not at all. And yet it's huge in scale--more along the lines of a small museum than an art gallery. And the caliber of work they're showing is outstanding. And while the perception seems to be that you can go there by invitation only, in fact it's by appointment only. Anyone can go, and it's free, and the appointments take about five seconds to make online (though, just to make things a little more cagey and odd, you can only make appointments for one person at a time--if you want to go with a group you each have to make your own separate appointment). And they only let in twenty people at a time, and did I mentioned that it's huge? so you more or less have the whole place to yourself for two hours. And when you get there it's almost totally unmarked from the outside and a security camera looks you in the eyeballs before you are let in. So basically what we have here is a semi-secret free museum of amazing, and I do mean amazing, photography. That almost no one seems to know about. Weird, right? And kind of wonderful? Anyhow, enough chatter. The current show (up through February and highly recommended) is on portraiture. And here are shots I took on site to capture the images that struck me most.
The above nude is by Edward Weston (of all people!).