Photo San Francisco 2004, the 5th annual San Francisco Photographic Art Exposition will be held next week at the historic and scenic Festival Pavilion at the Ft. Mason Center from July 22-25, 2004.
Last year's event tallied 4,500 visitors and even more are expected this year. In anticipation of increased attendance and the larger number of exhibitors the exhibition has moved to the spacious Festival Pavilion, adjacent to the former venue at the Herbst Pavilion.
This year's Photo San Francisco has attracted a record of over 80 galleries and private dealers from the United States and around the world, presenting photographic art ranging from rare 19th-century prints to photo-based art. This is an opportunity for collectors, curators, dealers and enthusiasts to view a multitude of images and associate with leading artists and art professionals.
The opening night reception will take place Thursday night, July 22, 2004, from 6-9 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Fort Mason Center Historic Preservation Fund, which enables the Fort Mason Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, to preserve this important national historic landmark. Tickets to the opening night reception are $75 and may be purchased at the door on the evening of the event by calling the Fort Mason Center Box Office at 415-345-7575.
Seminars and lecture panels will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-25. Seminar panelists include: Penelope Dixon, owner and founder of the appraisal firm, Penelope Dixon & Associates, Inc., specializing in archive, donation, and insurance appraisals in addition to collection management, cataloguing services, and marketing and auction consultation; Drew Johnson, curator of fine art photography at the Oakland Museum of California and author of Capturing Light, a visual history that celebrates 150 years of California's greatest photographers; and Keith Davis, Chief Curator of the Hallmark Fine Art Collection.
Guest speakers include acclaimed photographers: Mark Citret, a noted environmental landscape artist; David Maisel, renowned for his abstract, aerial photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes; Alec Soth, whose emotive portraits of ordinary people have appeared in Fortune Magazine, Newsweek and the New York Times; and Joel Peter-Witkin, whose images are noted for their complex juxtaposition of beauty and oddity. Seminars are conducted at 9 am before public hours, and are limited to 30 people. Reservations are required. Please call for a schedule of events. Tickets are $65 per seminar and include a three-day pass to Photo San Francisco.
Regular exhibition hours are Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th, noon to 7 p.m, and Sunday, July 25th, noon to 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass and can be purchased at the door or through the Stephen Cohen Gallery. But if you print out this article and present it at registration you will get these tickets at the reduced rates of $10 and $15 respectively. This special rate is only available on site, but remember to bring your printout.
I Photo Central members Martin Gordon Gallery and Vintage Works, Ltd. will both be exhibiting. Vintage Works will be in booth 34 on the right side of the center aisle close to the entrance. Vintage Works will feature the large-scale color work of Marcus Doyle (see the article on new Special Exhibits below), as well as its normal range of fine vintage images. Please also ask to see our most recent purchases, which will primarily be available in our portfolio boxes. For a preview of some of this work, you can go to I Photo Central's search page and click on "Time Frame of Posting" and select "Past 7 Days".
For further information contact Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Phone: 1-323-937-5525; or visit www.photosanfrancisco.net . Please call the boxoffice in San Francisco from Friday through Sunday at 415-674-7200.