"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."—Edgar Degas
The exhibit, About Face, opened last May at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. The sheer breadth of the show, focusing on portraiture and featuring more than one-thousand photographs from the Pilara Foundation and other collections, is astonishing. And, after eleven and half months on display, will sadly end next week.
For anyone in the Bay area or passing through, mark your calendars and treat yourselves to an exceptional experience before it ends. Pier 24 Photography is a place to view and think about photography. Unlike other venues, one must first schedule a free appointment online. This controls the volume of visitors and allows everyone to have the time and space to quietly contemplate the work on view. There are no labels on the walls and the lighting is perfect. Every consideration is made to present the work at its best.
"About Face" broadly embraces the history and possibilities of portrait photography in its myriad forms. From the mid-nineteenth century to today, this wide-ranging, extensive and important collection offers a superlative opportunity to see master works, contemporary marvels and everything in between in one of photography’s finest institutions. Remarkable. —Lane Nevares