January 31, 2017
My photos of photos and people with photos at PHOTOFAIRS/San Francisco

On Sunday January 29th, I attended PHOTOFAIRS/San Francisco at Fort Mason. It was a collaboration with leading international galleries offering a highly curated exhibition of vintage and contemporary work by the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the globe. This three day event was the inaugural edition of PHOTOFAIRS/San Francisco. Roland Petersen and his wife Caryl Ritter were kind enough to give me their VIP Pass to the show and I am grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity. Here are some of my photos from the show.

The large photo is by Ehmet Artug and is titled:

Teatro Farnese, Parma, Italy

To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Random International

Fragments, 2016


In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

Edward Stieglitz

Detail of photo by

Sohei Nishino

Detail of photo by

Sohei Nishino

Detail of photo by

Sohei Nishino

The photo is by Edward Burtynsky

To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.

Susan Sontag

My reflection in a photo by Robert Currie

The photo of Meryl Streep is by Martin Schoeller 2007

Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art.

Alfred Stieglitz



The photo titled Lucrezia is by Christian Tagliavini 2010

This photo from 1985 is by Robert Polidori and is titled:



This photo from 2016 is by Simon Roberts

It's titled, Gornergrat, Zermatt, Switzerland

I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important.

Jacques Henri-Lartigue

This suite of photos is by Michael Wolf

Each photo goes by a number and the name Tokyo Compression

This piece is by Randy Hayes and is titled Deer (Blue)

It is oil on photographs joined together with pushpins

Also by Randy hayes, the piece is titled

Birds of Mississippi #2

This piece by Randy Hayes is titled:

Reflection on Kimono

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.

Robert Frank

The photo is by Nick Brandt and is titled:

Wasteland with Rhinos

The photo is by Ahmet Ertug and is titled:

Teatro Farnese, Parma, Italy

The large photo is by Ehmet Artug and is titled:

Michael Angelo's Laurentian Library, Florence, Italy 2016

Alleyway with Chimpanzee, 2014 by Nick Brandt

Wasteland with Elephant, 2015 by Nick Brandt

Underpass with Elephants (Lean Back, Your Life is on Track), 2015 by Nick Brandt

Waiting Room, 2016

by Julie Blackman


Red Velvet Frame, 2016

by Cig Harvey

Peggy's Beauty Shop, 2016 by Julie Blackman

Orchard Pears, 2016 by Paulette Tavormina

White Rhino, Namibia, 2015 by Maroesjka Lavigne

A doorway at Fort Mason overlooking the Aquatic Park and the Historic Ships at the Hyde Street Pier.

Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.

Ansel Adams

Photography is a demanding action sport. The light can change so quickly. I often find myself sprinting so that I can catch the perfect light falling on a photogenic subject.

Steven Pinker

Isabelle Adjani, Le Maitre et Marguerite, Satan's Ball, Mikhail Boulgakov, Moscow

by Jean-Daniel Lorieux


Celine Hosiery, Place de la Concorde

by Jean-Daniel Lorieux

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue


Eva Jay, Reflection Series, Hotel Bristol

by Jean-Daniel Lorieux


Photography is like a moment, an instant. You need a half-second to get the photo. So it's good to capture people when they are themselves.

Patrick Demarchelier


My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.

Robert Frank


Lenin's Science Makes One's Hand and Mind Stronger, 2006

by Gregori Maiofis

Taste for Russian Ballet, 2008

by Gregori Maiofis


The Flower Room, 2016

by Anja Niemi


With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.

Robert Mapplethorpe

To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn't exist before and couldn't exist after. It's almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you're dead - not them. To me, photography's always like that.

Mario Testino


Essentially what photography is is life lit up.

Sam Abell

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.

Berenice Abbott


Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

Ansel Adams


There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

Ernst Haas


Ash, 2016

by Christine Elfman


by Charlotte Dumas

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.

Richard Averdon


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Dorothea Lange

Traditionally, photography is supposed to capture an event that has passed; but that is not what I'm looking for. Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it.

Julian Schnabel

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Yates, 2012

by Abelardo Morell


The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding.

Edward Steichen

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.

Andy Goldworthy


Marilyn Monroe, Actress, NYC, May 6, 1957, 2007

by Vik Muniz


Marilyn Monroe, Actress, NYC, May 6, 1957, 2007

by Vik Muniz

Camera lies all the time. It's all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you... the moment you've made a choice, you're lying about something larger. 'Lying' is an ugly word. I don't mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same.

Richard Averdon

I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.

Imogen Cunningham

Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.

Martin Parr

The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it's formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate.

Sebastiao Salgado

photo by Christian Tagliavini

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind


Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.

Edward Steichen

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn't have a personal vision or doesn't communicate emotion fails.

Galen Rowell

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliot Erwitt

This suite of photos is by Michael Wolf

Each photo goes by a number and the name Tokyo Compression

Forest with Mistletoe (near Oradea), 2014/2016

by Tamas Dezso


To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Izzi and Cece, Hotchkiss, Colorado 2014/2017

by Trent Davis Bailey


Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.

Arnold Newman


Lying Lamb, 2011

by Ryan McGinley


The black and white photo is by Jean-Baptiste Huynh

Photographs aren't accounts of scrutiny. The shutter is open for a fraction of a second.

David Hockney


photo by Edward Burtynsky

So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.

Susan Sontag

photo by Edward Burtynsky

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

Henri Cartier-Bresson


My close-up photo of a photo by Jean-Baptiste Huynh

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks.

Richard Averdon



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