Opening Reception: November 9 | 5:30–7:30pm
On View: November 9–11
Featuring the work of: Cherel Ito, Ken Graves, Mimi Plumb, Wesaam Al-Badry, Desiree Rios, Adrian Burrell, Mika Sperling, John and Mary Collier, Li Chen, Dennis Hearne, Lonnie Graham, Janet Delaney, and Peter de Lory
Central to the exhibition is the work of Cherel Ito, a vibrant and active student in the Photography Department in the late 60s. In context with Ito's work, this exhibit shows work by SFAI Alumni who have also ventured out into the world with their cameras. The show honors John Collier's teaching and its impact, and recognizes that photography is an important part of our ongoing tradition here at SFAI from the 1960s to present.
The John Collier Award, endowed by Collier and his wife, Mary, recognizes photographers whose work addresses issues of anthropological and social significance. This exhibition features photographers who have followed the documentary tradition, acknowledging the contribution made by Collier to the SFAI photography community as a teacher over many decades.
Curated by Linda Connor
Since the late 1960’s, Linda Connor has been teaching in the Photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute and exhibiting, publishing, and teaching nationally and internationally. In 2002, she founded PhotoAlliance, a bay area non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography, and currently serves as its president. A compendium of her work, Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor, was published in 2008. This monograph includes over thirty years of photographs and is accompanied by a nationally traveling exhibition. Her work has appeared in a number of other monographs: On the Music of the Spheres, Luminance, Odds n Ends, and Spiritual Journey (the latter of which was published for a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago). She has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work, including to India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and South East Asia. A recipient of, among other awards, National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim fellowship, Connor was the given the Society of Photographic Education’s Honored Educator Award in 2005.
Image: Photo by Peter de Lory