Pier 24 Photography

What’s seven years old, sits under a bridge and is missed by most San Francisco visitors?

Pier 24 Photography.

On a pier off San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Pier 24 Photography “provides a quiet, contemplative environment for viewing photographic works.” Entry is free (though only by appointment), Monday through Friday.

The current exhibit, The Grain of the Present, runs through January 31. Photographers include Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand.

The images often focus on the bleak and gritty, the poor and mundane; they show more stares than smiles. In short, it’s like most contemporary art photography, only by those considered masters of the trade. The exception is Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle. In this, his first American exhibit, his images capture humor, irony, life. Mr. Doyle is rather tall, and he holds the camera high; this gives his photos a unique perspective on the pensioners walking the streets at dawn.

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