Pier 24 Photography is a non-profit art gallery on the Port of San Francisco, located beneath the Bay Bridge. This museum, formerly a warehouse, has been remodeled for its photography exhibitions.
Pier 24 is dedicated to photography and has hosted numerous exhibitions. The museum is home to the permanent collection of the Pilara Foundation, a nonprofit organization that collects and preserves photographs from around the world. It has also produced public programs and publications.
The museum, which is free to visit, is open weekdays. There are two main exhibitions during its tenth anniversary. One, entitled Looking Back, is on display until April 30, and the other, Looking Forward, is slated to open in spring of 2022.
Features urban landscapes
Each room presents a different take on the theme. For example, one room is dedicated to portraits, while the other features urban landscapes. In each, the photographer’s visual frequency is powerful idea captured.
Allie Haeusslein, a San Francisco native and Associate Director at Pier 24, served as the lead curator for Looking Back. She has curated several previous exhibits at the museum.
Among the works in the show are iconic portraits by notable figures in photography history. These include photographs of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Richard Avedon, and Lee Friedlander.
A full set of vintage prints provides a layer of history. They highlight the anatomy of the medium and allow a glimpse at how photographers have approached their subject.
There is also an exemplary display of street shots, which are common at the museum. This is due to the location, which is situated in an area that is bustling with activity.