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Anthony Hernandez

Fresh Eyes

It’s rare when works of art — books, movies, photos — can change your perspective. But Anthony Hernandez, whose photo retrospective is the first special exhibition of San Francisco’s recently re-opened SFMOMA, did just that for me.

Like Ed Ruscha, whose retrospective is featured a few miles away at the de Young, many of Hernandez’s images are from Los Angeles: empty rooms, desolate streets, random people, homeless camps. I’ve always found this school of photography banal and boring, uninspired and uninspiring.

But Hernandez brings these subjects to life. He invites your eye to linger, your brain to process. And, in the end, you see his art of the forgotten, the lost, the abandoned in a new perspective. That’s what he did for me.

The exhibit runs through January 1, 2017 at SFMOMA.

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