Pier 24: An amazing collection of photography in a big quiet space

What if I told you there was a place in San Francisco to view an amazing collection of modern photography from the 1920′s to present.
And what if it was free to get in. And the space was huge.
And only 20 people were allowed in at a time, so you could stand in front of your favorites as long as you want.
And there were no crowds. And it was quiet.

This amazing place exists. It’s called Pier 24.
A whole room of Bernd and Hilla Becher typologies.
A whole room of Lee Friedlander.
A whole room of Robert Adams.
Arbus. Eggleston. Winogrand. Frank. Evans. Sugimoto. Misrach. Weston. Stieglitz. Strand.

The current exhibit runs through February 28th. Appointments to view the collection are available starting on January 3rd. Get this on your calendar for 2011!

Update: More motivation to visit Pier 24 from B.

7 thoughts on “Pier 24: An amazing collection of photography in a big quiet space”

  1. This is the Bob Fisher collection… combined with the permanent collection of the Pilara Foundation. Have yet to traipse over there, but it sounds like a good excuse to take a Saturday ferry ride.

    1. Tom – definitely worth the ride. This show is almost entirely from the Bob Fisher collection, with a couple of large photos by Gursky and Struth that belong to Don. I didn’t mention the large, ostentatious work of Gursky and Struth above because I don’t like it, and it seems out of place.

      Note that Pier 24 is open Monday – Thursday from 9-5 and you must book an appointment well in advance. Worth playing hooky for a 3:15pm viewing one day.

  2. Neet. Take me next time.

    Doesn’t one of those piers burn down like once every 10 years or so? Not sure I’d keep my priceless artwork there . . .

  3. And though I love the Bechers I think that Robert Adams room is the most amazing thing there. It’s like a little shrine, and even when there are five people ogling the Robert Franks you can go in to the Robert Adams chapel and have it all to yourself.

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