photography

Angela Johnston

It’s the last week of school at Bessie Carmichael Elementary on 7th and Harrison in the South of Market neighborhood. Photographer Janet Delaney and I are here to see someone we’ve been trying to get in touch with for months -- Bobbie Washington.

Eden Bassett Jones

Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh grew up in East Oakland, surrounded by fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and check cashing places. To her, other parts of Oakland looked different -- she could see the inequity. When she graduated high school her older brother gave her a camera, but it wasn’t until years later that a chance encounter led her to start taking pictures of familiar faces and places.

Most months, you can see photographer Annie Leibovitz’s portraits of influential women on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to Serena Williams to a mostly nude Amy Schumer have been in front of her lens. Her current exhibition “Women” updates a book of portraits she made with Susan Sontag back in 1999. The images now on display at San Francisco's Crissy Field reflect the changing roles women occupy today. Leibovitz sat down with KALW's Lauren Schiller to talk more about her work and process.

In her world exhibition, "Women:New Portraits" Annie Leibovitz updates the photos from the book she published in 1999 with Susan Sontag, called "Women."

Ethan Bien / Resized and cropped

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Rene Yung: artist, designer and director of Chinese Whispers, a research and performance project that uncovers the history of Chinese pioneers in the American West.

Over 25 years ago curators Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral went to an estate sale in Illinois, and stumbled upon a shoebox that would change their lives.  

Mark Tuschman

On the Oct 6th edition of Your Call we'll have a conversation with Mark Tuschman about his new book “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge.” 

Christopher Muzar

  On the September 2nd edition of Your Call, we’re speak with organizers, artists, and youths who’ve documented life in the Tenderloin neighborhood. 

'Gay Semiotics' - a photo trip back to the 1970s

Jun 18, 2015
Image courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco:

  

Gay Semiotics is a set of two dozen iconic photographs with embedded text, presented as a tongue-in-cheek anthropological essay on the codes of sexual orientation and identification in 1970s San Francisco. They’re on view through June 27 - for the first time in San Francisco since 1977 - at Ratio 3 gallery, 2831A Mission St.

On Memorial Day, tune in for Shake it, a new documentary that takes a tender look at two modern photo technologies - Polaroid and digital photography - and the human and visual connections we make with them.

Theory of Everything: "Artifacts (2 of 2)"  The unpredictable, unfolding implications of the transition from analog to digital photography -- and why we're all "animals of code" now.

The Memory Palace: "Harriet Quimby" Remembering a pioneering aviator.

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Reynaldo Cayetano documents Sixth Street

May 8, 2013
Reynaldo Cayetano

Between the Transbay Transit Tower on First and Mission streets, envisioned to be the west coast’s tallest building, and the emerging tech hub anchored by Twitter at 10th and Market Streets, the city is becoming shinier and newer. But almost exactly in between those highly publicized developments is the rough and gritty Sixth Street. Dotted with single room occupancy hotels, Sixth Street has a well-documented history of chronic poverty and crime. It’s also the neighborhood where photographer Rey Cayetano grew up.

Annie Leibovitz

Dec 7, 2011

Alan talks with noted photographer Annie Leibovitz about her new book, Pilgrimage, which documents her journey to the homes and working places of figures influencial in her life.