Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One SFMOMA Two Great Exhibits

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Cartier-Bresson began his career in photography in 1931 and is one of the early greats of photojournalism. Trained as an artist, Cartier-Bresson helped to develop the style of the street photographer. He worked for a variety of journals including Life Magazine capturing iconic images of key events including the coronation of King George VI and the rose of Mao and the People's Republic of China. One of the fascinating things about Cartier-Bresson is that by 1975 he decided he was done with photography and spent the remainder of his life (he died in 2004) focused on painting and drawing.
This is a major retrospective offers a fresh look at
Cartier-Bresson's entire career, revealing him as one of the 
great portraitists of the 20th century and one of its keenest observers 
of the global theater of human affairs.
Through January 30, 2011

Investigating the shifting boundaries between seeing and spying, the private act and the public image, Exposed challenges us to consider how the camera has transformed the very nature of looking. Bringing together historical and contemporary photographs, films, and video works by both unknown photographers and internationally renowned artists, this provocative exhibition examines some of the camera's most unsettling uses, including pornography, surveillance, stalking celebrity, and witnessing violence. Exposed poses compelling and urgent questions about who is looking at whom, and why.
Gary Winogrand 
Provocative, edgy while questioning
and examining social boundaries.
Exposed is not to be missed.
Through April 17, 2011