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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

San Francisco Looks Better in Black-and-White

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge 7:03-8:03am | Marina - KEVIN B. JONES
  • Kevin B. Jones
  • 7:03-8:03am | Marina

We didn’t get much rain last winter, but it turns out the shortest, darkest day of the year yielded quite a bit of moodiness. The Dryansky Gallery commissioned 24 Bay Area photographers to shoot black-and-white pictures during a 24-hour period around the winter solstice, and the forlorn, fog-bound city they captured feels at once placeless and instantly recognizable. Randomly assigning each artist to particular neighborhood, Project 24 San Francisco's organizers assured that San Francisco in its entirety would be covered.

click to enlarge December, 22, 2014 | 11:03am–12:03pm | Ocean Beach - CERA HENSLEY
  • Cera Hensley
  • December, 22, 2014 | 11:03am–12:03pm | Ocean Beach

This project began in 2012, and for this second iteration — which also showed at Academy of Art, Rayko Gallery, and Gallery 645 — there was one commandment: no manipulation. Photographers were given free rein to choose their subject matter, but fidelity to the scene was paramount, so everything is as it should be. Noir-friendly locales like Chinatown or Fisherman’s Wharf get there due, but so do “Little Russia,” Lone Mountain, and Sea Cliff. And because it all took place around the longest night, the absence of that “California light” is the most notable characteristic of the set.

click to enlarge December, 21, 2014 | 5:03–6:03pm | Castro District - JO BABCOCK
  • Jo Babcock
  • December, 21, 2014 | 5:03–6:03pm | Castro District

The opening reception will be on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 7-9 p.m., and a number of photographers will be present. Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” hit it on the nose: everything looks better in black-and-white.

Project 24 San Francisco
, Aug. 20 - Sept. 10, at the Dryansky Gallery, 2120 Union St, 415-932-9302.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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