Here is the antithesis of that apparent gimmick: row upon row of faces and hands in jars that emphasize the interior's white background. Theatrical nakedness gives way to intense close-ups of strangers old or odd. Darkness recedes into bright light. It's stirring enough to inspire this critic to address the artist directly: Thank you, Michael Garlington.You've given us a chance to see images of your photographic sojourns across the United States and Europe, images distinguished by your playfulness and intensity. Your photos have a magic to them.
Some of the people you shoot are menacing. Some are on the edge of death. But many are gazing at the camera -- at us, visitors to your "Photohouse" -- with a sense of purpose that is transfixing. Jonathan Curiel
"Photohouse" continues through Aug. 20 at SF Camerawork, 657 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. Admission is $2-$5.