September 15, 2017–January 1, 2018
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
This first retrospective on the major American photographer Anthony Hernandez (b. 1947) features approximately 160 photographs—many never shown before—from the artist’s more than forty-five-year career. Whether focusing on the human figure, the landscape, or abstract details, the Los Angeles native has captured in both black and white and color the desolate allure and sprawling expanses of his hometown.
The subtle consideration of contemporary social issues and a formal beauty unite the artist’s remarkably varied body of work. Highlights from the exhibition include black-and-white photographs of downtown L.A. from the early 1970s, color pictures of Rodeo Drive from the mid-1980s, and selections from the critically acclaimed series Landscapes for the Homeless, completed in 1991. Although Hernandez has turned his lens on other cities, Los Angeles has been his most enduring subject.
Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Image: Anthony Hernandez, Rodeo Drive #3, 1984, printed 2014. Courtesy of the artist. © Anthony Hernandez