This is a re-post from 2010 since my students and I will go there tomorrow to see the “About Face” show as part of our studies in Portraiture.
Myself and some photo-geek friends visited Pier 24 this week, which has to be the largest private collection of photography open to the public on the west coast. A spectacular 28,000 square foot building on the San Francisco Embarcadero at Pier 24 houses an enormous collection owned by Financier Andy Pilara and also showcases other rotating works.
The website describes the gallery as “a contemporary photography space housing the permanent collection of The Pilara Foundation. In addition to hosting rotating exhibitions, the warehouse is focused on addressing and adapting to the constantly evolving concerns of the photographic community. Born out of the desire to reinvent the ways in which photography and photographic ideas are presented, Pier 24 is a distinctive environment where art has the freedom to be seen and thought about differently. Work is not only exhibited but serves as a catalyst to advance the creation, scholarship and understanding of the medium…