Photography

Vacancy voyeur: Matt Fisher's shots of a Treasure Island that waits

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Originally built as an airport for flying boats, Treasure Island's man-made four square kilometers went on to house the Navy, and now is home to wineries, environmental hazards, electronic music from time to time, 2,500 people -- most of them low-income, many of them college students -- and tons of unused, abandoned buildings that capture the imagination of artists (check out this video from Tiny Town Productions we posted last year.)

The latest creative type to get inspired is Matt Fisher, a photographer who captured the isle's luminous creepiness in his shots. Read more »

Photographic perspective: Salvaged shots from Japanese tsunami come to Intersection of the Arts

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Let the photos above serve as a reminder that your humpday muck-ups really aren't the cataclysms they seem to be.

The shots are from an exhibit that opens today at Intersection for the Arts called "(re)collection: Family Photos Swept By the 3/11 Japan Tsunami". They're representative ofa massive collection of photographs salvaged from crushed homes in the wake of the 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake offshore from the island nation. That'd be the one that caused the devastating tsunami, flattening coastal towns like Tohoku, where massive numbers of lives were lost and where these images were collected by rescue workers.  Read more »

Tastes of Cindy: Drag artists re-enact Cindy Sherman portraits from SFMOMA show

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To celebrate the incredibly engaging Cindy Sherman retrospective at the SF MOMA (through October 8), we asked four of San Francisco's premier drag performance artists to re-enact four of Sherman's iconic portraits. It's all about looking twice -- or in Sherman's case, four or five times -- and we wanted to see how many layers of gaze her work could hold.

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Behind the scenes at Nick Waterhouse's cover shoot

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In this week's issue Landon Moblad profiles retro rock purveyor Nick Waterhouse. Here are a few audio clips from Nick's shoot at the Swedish American Hall with photographer Matthew Reamer. Nick talks about why he's excited to play San Francisco's Verdi Club (tonight), and sums up how he's usually summed up by the press.

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Heading East: The photographer

Sasha Kelley moved to SF looking for artistic community -- and she moved away for the same reason

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This week's Guardian takes a look at San Francisco versus Oakland -- and asks whether the big city may have lost its caché to the East Bay

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Sasha Kelley grew up in the East Bay. The 22-year old photographer moved to San Francisco for the love of art — but she moved back East for the same reason.Read more »

In their words: Oakland locals from this week's Guardian cover

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This week, the Guardian examines the issue of whether San Francisco is experiencing a cultural and economic exodus to the East Bay, especially Oakland. Our cover features creative folks from all over Oakland proper. They were asked the question "Is Oakland cooler than San Francisco?" and in return we got some pretty surprising answers (though, spoiler alert: the general consensus was "Hell Yes!"). Have a listen to their responses...

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More wonders from David Hall's 'Beneath Cold Seas'

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Shot in the Pacific Northwest and featured on the cover of the Guardian's Green Issue this week, David Hall's 'Beneath Cold Seas' is the first photographic book to show the colorful and exotic sea life of North America's cold waters. Read more »

Sea, here

GREEN ISSUE: A conversation with underwater explorer and photographer David Hall, author of Beneath Cold Seas

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Power puff

Photographer Robyn Twomey's shots of women puffing tough come at a crucial time in cannabis history

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HERBWISE I remember the first time I saw photographer Robyn Twomey's work — talk about simpatico. It was a huge print of a photo of an elderly woman sitting in front of a piano and a mirror with an immense Persian cat, lighting a joint firmly held between her lips. I'd never seen anything like it — documented in a gallery, that is.Read more »

Headshots for the homeless? Photographer Joe Ramos connects art and social work

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Images of homelessness are not hard to come by. These scenes are often pathetic, clichéd. In the worst cases, the homeless are portrayed as inhuman heaps of blanket and facial disfigurement, people reduced to their time spent sleeping on the streets or begging for money. But in “Acknowledged,” photographer Joe Ramos’ exhibit at the Main Library that opens Sat/28, unhoused subjects are shown in a way that’s truly radical: as people just like us. Read more »