Long before Teddy Roosevelt and Ansel Adams swooned at the beauty of the place, ex-49er and early photographer Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) captured monumental Yosemite Valley for the public's eyes. His stunning 1860s wet-plate negative photos — on view at Stanford's Cantor Arts Gallery April 23-Aug. Read more »
Y'all chose Shameless as your top small biz of the year, so I'm going to yield the floor for a moment to someone who voted for the photography outfit:
"Shameless is a female-owned and run business that promotes positive body image and self love while creating spectacular pin-up and boudoir images," wrote one enraptured Bay Guardian reader. "Women (myself included) leave the studio feeling more beautiful and accepting of their bodies."Read more »
STREETS Only our deep-seated disinclination against street harassment prevented us from hollering at these sterling examples of the Bay's blazing style sense. We respectfully snapped their pics instead: the trio of gents in town for their 50th high school reunion sporting pencil mustaches and monochrome, Agathe Guttuhaugen's surreal ombre locks and coordinated cap brim, Amber Asaly's midriff. All good excuses to take to the sidewalk this season in search of fashion stimulation.
Somehow in the shiny blitz of new restaurants made out of stainless steel, you may have missed the arrival of the Eric Quezada Center for Politics and Culture right in the thick of the Mission. That'd be a shame -- the space where the Abandoned Planet bookstore stood until 2010 now hosts some of the most vibrant alternative events in the country. Last time I made it through, it was for a poster show of screenprinted calls for immigration justice. A theater group comprised of Filipina caretakers performed, and in the back you could buy homemade butterfly cookies and sangria.
Speaking of the Quezada Center, if you're a Latino photographer, you're in luck -- a local non-profit wants to put your snaps up the gallery walls. Read more »
"New York inspires me to be more ambitious and to push my work to higher levels," reflected Academy of Art University shutterbug Aldo Carrera on his recent trip to document his school's Fashion Week runway collections.
It really doesn't matter that this National Geographic slideshow is from 2008. The relevancy of the nudibranches featured therein defy space and time and will easily be the most uplifting and forward-thinking thing you see on the Internet today.
In a slight departure from his job as founder of the Noir City film festival (coming up at the Castro Theater Jan. 25-Feb. 3), Eddie Muller pays homage to a dark auteur of a different medium with a talk at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Thu/10. The object of Muller's affection is famed crime scene photographer Arthur Fellig, a.k.a. Weegee. Weegee introduced artistry -- often by way of extra-journalistic manipulation -- into the documentation of extra-legal happenings during the 1930s and '40s, so perhaps Muller's fascination with the subject should come as no surprise. We caught up with Muller via the Interwebs to find out more about why he wants to draw upon Weegee's dark arts in this week's presentation. Read more »
Originally built as an airport for flying boats, Treasure Island's man-made four square kilometers went on to house the Navy, and now is home to wineries, environmental hazards, electronic music from time to time, 2,500 people -- most of them low-income, many of them college students -- and tons of unused, abandoned buildings that capture the imagination of artists (check out this video from Tiny Town Productions we posted last year.)
The latest creative type to get inspired is Matt Fisher, a photographer who captured the isle's luminous creepiness in his shots. Read more »
Let the photos above serve as a reminder that your humpday muck-ups really aren't the cataclysms they seem to be.
The shots are from an exhibit that opens today at Intersection for the Arts called "(re)collection: Family Photos Swept By the 3/11 Japan Tsunami". They're representative ofa massive collection of photographs salvaged from crushed homes in the wake of the 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake offshore from the island nation. That'd be the one that caused the devastating tsunami, flattening coastal towns like Tohoku, where massive numbers of lives were lost and where these images were collected by rescue workers. Read more »
To celebrate the incredibly engaging Cindy Sherman retrospective at the SF MOMA (through October 8), we asked four of San Francisco's premier drag performance artists to re-enact four of Sherman's iconic portraits. It's all about looking twice -- or in Sherman's case, four or five times -- and we wanted to see how many layers of gaze her work could hold.