Photo San Francisco 2005, the 6th Annual International San Francisco Photographic Art Exposition, will be held July 21- 24 at the historic Festival Pavilion at the Ft. Mason Center and will feature the photographic art ranging from rare 19th-century photographic experiments to the most contemporary photo-based art including video and digital art.
More than 80 premiere photography galleries, book stores/publishers and private dealers representing international and U.S. artists will be on display at Photo San Francisco 2005.
Photo San Francisco 2005 will highlight several politically and historically important installations including stirring images documenting the French government's involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide provided by France's leading public advocacy organization Survie; a selection of photographs from the international independent medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) spanning 20 years of its 24-year history in Afghanistan; and images created by emerging artists of Chinese ancestry from the Chinese Artist Network. The show will also include exhibitions by the California Historical Society and The Mexican Museum, in addition to photo-based work created by students from the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit Instituto Terra. Founded in 1998 by Lélia Wanick Salgado and internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado, Instiuto Terra seeks to create positive social change through restoring degraded Brazilian Atlantic forests, promoting environmental education and raising ecological awareness, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of the communities in the Rio Doce Valley. Guests at the opening will enjoy a special preview of all the wonderful works of art on display as well as a hosted cocktail reception.
"San Francisco's scenic Fort Mason is the perfect setting in which to bring together people who appreciate works of beauty, whether natural or created, and who are dedicated to seeing them endure," says Kelsang Aukatsang, U.S. representative of Instituto Terra. "We are delighted to accept Photo San Francisco's support of our conservation efforts in Brazil's Atlantic forests."
In conjunction with the exhibition, a lecture series will take place July 22-24 with special guest speakers including Mary Virginia Swanson, photography consultant; Stephen Perloff, editor for Photo Review/Photograph Collector; and internationally acclaimed photographers Bill Owens, Todd Hido and Catherine Wagner. A panel discussion entitled "Trends In Collecting Photography In the 21st Century" will be held on Sunday, July 24 at 10 a.m. Also on Sunday, another panel session on "Producing the Photographic Book" will be held at 1 pm.
Exhibition hours are Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 12 noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass (includes an expanded catalog) 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.
Lectures are $10 per person, per speaking engagement, and onsite collecting seminars are $70 (includes a 3-day pass and an expanded catalog). A $5 student discount for lectures and the fair will be given to guests with valid I.D. Tickets to the opening reception are $50 per person.
All exhibition, lecture and opening reception tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door. Seminar tickets should be purchased in advance. For additional information on Photo San Francisco 2005 and advance ticket sales, please visit www.photosanfrancisco.net .