Ways of viewing the social landscape at Pier 24 Photography

The Grain of the Present at the nonprofit foundation Pier 24 Photography gives us new insights into the continued vitality of a certain way of working in the medium, and some of the most important photographers of the past 50 years are represented by astute selections of their work. On view through Jan. 31, the exhibition comprises what might almost be 17 substantial shows, each displayed in a separate room.

Photo: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/Rome

The various sub-exhibitions present classic works by nine first-generation observers of the so-called “social landscape” (Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand) and eye-opening new takes by a second generation (Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, Vanessa Winship).

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By Charles Desmarais
Courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle

The Grain of the Present

9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday. Through Jan 31
Free (appointment required).
Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco
(415) 512-7424