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Culture, The Exhibitionist #SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

#SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

1. Monica Lewinsky (former White House intern known for the Lewinsky…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Don't Believe My Eyes

I Don't Believe My Eyes

The photography of Lane Wilson conjures the dramatic, high-contrast landscapes of legends such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Stark. Beautiful. Serene. ... And then there's Wilson's other work. One example is a wintertime shot taken in the mountains that…
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Music, Bouncer The Googly-Eyed Beholder

The Googly-Eyed Beholder

Here's a question college professors love to throw out: What is art? I take refuge in Frank Zappa's general attitude about the stuff: I know it when I see it. Last week I decided to visit SFMOMA, where you can't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Super Natural

Super Natural

The reigning monarchs of poster sales come together at "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities." Did we just take a swipe at two great American artists? Yes, but a loving one: The painter and the photog are genuinely superduper…
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Calendar, Night&Day Batch Processing

Batch Processing

Joachim Schmid takes a unique approach to photography: He doesn't press the shutter. Nor does he even use a camera. Instead, he believes the world has enough photographs, so he appropriates what he finds on the streets, trash heaps, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Picture

Big Picture

If Ansel Adams' black-and-white landscape photos ever seem like "just a picture of a dead stick" to you, steel yourself before seeing the work of Japanese photographer Hirosho Sugimoto. Sugimoto takes pictures of the ocean. Just the ocean, and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picture This

Picture This

In 1932, a handful of iconoclastic Bay Area photographers bucked photographic tradition with their collective, f/64. Named for the aperture on a large-format camera that provides the sharpest focus, f/64 was a reaction against the lingering hold of pictorialism on…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Poster Store

Some poster stores specialize in rock art, others in movie ads, others in reproductions of post-impressionist paintings, and still others in those vintage broadsheets with the grinning demon enjoying a glass of Campari. Poster Source specializes in all of them.…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Posh Folks Exposed

Posh Folks Exposed

SAT 5/8 So maybe spring doesn't unfold as vibrantly and colorfully as we'd like here in the concrete jungle. But some San Franciscans are lucky (and loaded) enough to have created their own oases right in the city's paved and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pirklevision


Plenty of people think you've got to be "objective" or at least "detached" to be able to see things clearly. Anthropologists are famous for promoting this notion. But some folks say that we know our own back yards better than…
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Calendar, Night&Day Guiding Light

Guiding Light

Light, like running water and electricity, is easy to take for granted. But to legendary photographer Ruth Bernhard, it's vital. "Light is the real teacher," she declares in the foreword to Margaretta Mitchell's illustrated biography Between Art & Life; it…
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Funny Business Rory Root's Comic Relief is an excellent comic book shop (Best Comic Book Store, "The Best of San Francisco," June 26) -- heck, it's a world-class comic book shop -- but Rory hardly runs the best comic book…
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The Nature of Trust

The rift between Ansel Adams' biographer and the late photographer's business trust is yawning as wide as the gorge of Adams' beloved Yosemite. Mary Street Alinder, chief of staff for the San Francisco-born, Carmel-based photographer from 1979 until his death…
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