STREETFOTO SAN FRANCISCO
Steven Bollman, InFidelidad
Blake Andrews, Photos I Had To Laugh At
June 6 – June 10, 2017
Evening Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6 – 8 PM
SF Camerawork is excited to host this pop up exhibition which is part of StreetFoto San Francisco, an annual international festival dedicated entirely to the art of street photography. Street photography is candid, unplanned, and un-staged, and photographs are generally subject to minimal post-processing. Street photography aims to capture life as it is, in all of its messiness, absurdity, and magic. This exhibition, on view from June 5th through June 10th, will feature photographers Steven Bollman and Blake Andrews.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Steven Bollman was born in New York City in 1961, and his photographic odyssey began at age 12 in his cousin's darkroom. Shy but obsessively curious about people and the world around him, photography was a perfect fit, allowing quiet involvement through observation. Steven Bollman’s InFidelidad is an ongoing body of work on life in Cuba. Shot in black and white film, Bollman avoids the seduction of the technicolor tropical landscape to reveal more about the people and their reality in the late era of Fidel Castro's Cuba. InFidelidad plays on the Spanish word "infidelidad", meaning infidelity, to point to the irony and contradictions of life in a waning revolution that continues to face many enduring challenges. Now with Fidel Castro's passing, it seems only a matter of time before the influence of the United States permanently alters the socio-economic system and culture of this country that resisted it for over a half century.
Blake Andrews was born in Berkeley in 1968, and spent his childhood in the hills of California's north coast before moving to Oregon in 1992. It was there he discovered photography, which he continues to the present as a daily practice, mindfulness aid, and archiving device. His visual style blends surreal narrative, serendipity, and found moments into a diaristic photo stream now approaching a quarter century and a half million film exposures. Blake Andrews’ Photos I Had To Laugh At are a selection of photographs that possess a bizarre or surreal quality which seem to question the nature of photography or reality itself. What's going on?! How did that picture happen?! Why did that frame get the special mojo when the surrounding frames are dead?! What's going on in the universe to make that happen? What's the formula? As with each of Andrews' exhibitions, the photographs are handprinted for display in this exhibition only and will be shown in public one time—in this case, at SF Camerawork— before being stored, distributed, bartered, or discarded.
Learn more about StreetFoto San Francisco at www. streetfoto.org