by Pier 24 Photography
Published on the occasion of the exhibition About Face May 15, 2012 - February 28, 2013
105 images / 62 photograph reproductions
8.5 x 11 in.
Paperback / perfect bound
Pier 24 Photography, 2012
Pier 24 Photography presents About Face, an exhibition focusing on the tradition of portrait-based photography. On view are nearly one thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation's permanent collection. Revelations - the Diane Arbus retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - inspired the purchase of the Foundation's first photograph, a portrait from her challenging and emotive Untitled series. The emotional intensity characterizing this photograph has informed subsequent acquisitions for the collection.
About Face encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day. With the exponential growth of image-making, portraiture remains the most popular photographic genre. The exhibited works in About Face provide a context within which to consider the unique dynamic between the subject, photographer and viewer.
With over 100 photographers and 900 works represented in About Face, the exhibition take 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.