Photography News

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Presented in partnership with Pier 24 Photography, California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Larry Sultan Photography Award honors the unique vision of American photographer Larry Sultan by recognizing one photographer a year with a fully sponsored residency and a $10,000 cash prize. Breuer was announced as the 2016 recipient in September 2015, and will begin his residency in the spring. 

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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Dedicated donors recently turned out in force at Root Division Gallery, where First Exposures Executive Director Erik Auerbach hosted a reception saluting photographer and California College of the Arts Professor Jim Goldberg.

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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Chris McCall (MFA Photography 2003) is the director at Pier 24 Photography

Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.

It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.

Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.

The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

A lifelong educator, Sultan taught photography for 10 years at the San Francisco Art Institute (1978–88) and for 20 years at the California College of the Arts (1989–2009), where he served as a Distinguished Professor of Photography. His work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York artist Hank Willis Thomas has been exhibiting more or less continuously since 1994, when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in photography from New York University. (He also holds master's degrees in photography and art criticism from the California College of the Arts.) That's long before the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and long before the deaths and mistreatment of young black men at the hands of police became a national media fixation.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today, fifty-year-old Carland is known mostly for her fine art photography. Her minimal photographs track the traces that people leave behind and the capacity for objects to encapsulate certain feelings. She's a dean at the California College of the Arts, where she also teaches photography. But, once in a while, she's also called upon to contribute to a documentary, scholarly article, or archive concerning the feminist and queer-centric punk subcultures that she was involved in during the Eighties and Nineties.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Marsalis started out as a still photographer at a young age, shooting punk bands as a teenager and then studying at California College of Arts and Crafts. She went on to garner various honors, including being named a Surface Avant Guardian and earning inclusion into The PDN (Photo District News) 30. Her photo ran on the cover of PDN in September 2012.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The award, to be annual, is presented in partnership with the California College of the Arts, Pier 24 Photography and SFMOMA.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hido cites a guiding statement “about photography hovering in a suggestive zone” by American landscape photographer Lewis Baltz, who died last year: “He said, ‘Photography is a profound corner that sits in between literature and film.’ That quote was in my thesis from CCA (California College of the Arts) in 1998, and I think about it still to this day.”

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Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Though he enjoyed the assisting work, Thomas decided that he was getting too comfortable. “I didn’t have the ambition to be a great photographer or artist or filmmaker.” So he decided to go back to school, and applied to the California College of the Arts. There, he would study with Larry Sultan, Jim Goldberg, Todd Hido and Chris Johnson. “They shaped a lot of my thinking about how I could move into making work that was more conceptual, rather than trying to get [assignment] gigs and things like that,” Thomas says.