Sponsored by PhotoAlliance with San Francisco Art Commission
Opening Reception: 9/16/10 5:30-7:30
Exhibition Dates: 9/16/10 – 1/14/11
Location: San Francisco City Hall, ground floor
"I think I speak for all three Jurors when I say that we were very impressed with the quality, variety (both of technique and subject matter), and technical proficiency seen here. Although, it should come as no surprise, really – as the greater San Francisco Bay Area has historically been a “hotbed” of Night Photography (NPy) – advancing the practice beyond its technical curiosity status, to become one of the most intriguing, mysterious, and poetic genres of photography.
"While almost every photographer has at least attempted a “night shot” at one time or another, a relatively small number have devoted their photographic and creative skills primarily to photographing at night. Steve Harper has pointed out that: “It was not until the mid-1970s, on the West Coast, that night photography became an area of concentrated study.” Pioneering work, and landmark exhibits/publications by such local luminaries as Harper, Richard Misrach, Steve Fitch, Roger Minick, Jerry Burchard, and Arthur Ollman in the mid-to-late 1970s “set the stage” for what was to come. As the 1980s unveiled, Steve Harper was teaching college-level courses in NPy (offered in two parts; coincidentally called “Night Light” – I and II ) and Michael Kenna had recently relocated to San Francisco from England – and, a continuing narrative with the nocturne had begun, in earnest.
"The 28 artists whose works you see here* comprise what is now a third, or fourth, generation of Bay Area Night Photographers, part of a continuum. From the maturing (though still very experimental, experiential) early decades of nightwork, to these post-millennium years – we see a self-renewing sense of wonder, of awe at the magical transformation that comes with each evening’s twilight glow."
Founder/Director, The Nocturnes
* BTW, the exhibit includes some of The Nocturnes "usual suspects" - here, alphabetically:
Greta & Manu Schnetzler