Photography

First Retrospective Exhibition of Anthony Hernandez @ SFMOMA

July 26, 2016

Beginning September 24th, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will be displaying a special exhibition on Photographer Anthony Hernandez’s more than 45-year career.

There are approximately 160 photographs – some never seen or published before – that make up the exhibition. Hernandez’s unique take on street photography, with overarching themes of contemporary social issues, was chosen by the museum to be the first special exhibition in SFMOMA’s new Pritzker Center for Photography. Curator of the exhibition and Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography at SFMOMA Erin O’Toole said, “Hernandez’s photographs have long been admired by curators, collectors, and other photographers... SFMOMA is thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce his incredible body of work to a broader audience.” Some of the significant pieces in the exhibition include black-and-white photographs taken in the early 1970s in the streets of downtown Los Angeles, color photographs taken on Rodeo Drive in the mid-1980s, and selected pieces from his widely admired series Landscapes for the Homeless, completed in 1991. Hernandez’s career has been mostly focused on his hometown of L.A., and he has especially concentrated on capturing the living conditions of the working class and the poor in this area and in other similar cities.

- Melanie Rosenblatt