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MARK CITRETPARALLEL LANDSCAPES

Mark Citret

Mark Citret

Exhibition opening and book signing: September 14th, 6-8pm
Exhibition on view: September 14th - October 14th, 2016

From 1990 to 1993 I photographed the continuing metamorphosis of a massive construction site in the southwest corner of San Francisco: excavation to foundations; foundations to walls and columns; walls and columns to enclosed rooms and cavernous chambers. Without pride or embarrassment, I can say that I find the rebar and concrete of a construction site every bit as beautiful as fir trees delicately outlined by freshly fallen snow. Perhaps that is why photography, (at least in the way I practice it), while irrevocably tied to the way things literally appear, is nonetheless a magical medium of the imagination. This construction site, which when completed was the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant, or in laymen's terms, a sewage treatment plant, was, and remains, the most intriguing landscape I have ever photographed.

Mark Citret’s latest book, Parallel Landscapes, is now available. The book is a collection of 47 photographs, including an introduction by photographer and mentor Al Weber, an essay on the project by the photographer, with an afterword by Professor Stephen Arkin. Pick up a signed copy at Mark's opening on September 14th!
price: $55.

Mark Citret

Mark Citret

SIDE GALLERY
VICTORIA MARA HEILWEIL, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Exhibition opening: September 14th, 6-8pm
Exhibition on view: September 14th - October 14th, 2016
Screening:  October 13, 7pm; Oyler, a documentary by Amy Scott

Victoria Heilweil

Victoria Heilweil

This series is a very personal project for me.  For the past 20 years I have been an educator and currently have a child in a San Francisco public school.  I had become angry, frustrated and incredulous at how teachers are portrayed in the media, and that they are blamed and vilified for our mounting issues in education.  My first hand experience of being asked to do mindless, time consuming assessments for no extra pay as a college instructor, and shock at how little funds my daughters classroomwas given for yearly supplies, motivated me to start photographing. 

San Francisco is facing a substantial teacher shortage.  A few months ago the Sunday Chronicle featured a cover story about how teachers are being priced out of the Bay Area, and that nearly all other districts pay more than our city.  Yet, all the educators I met were sincere and incredibly committed to their students in spite of all of this. They really embody the idea of “No Child Left Behind”, unwilling to let kids slip through the cracks and fighting for them to succeed. They love their jobs, and are inspiring.

 My series celebrates K-12 educators, showing them with compassion and grace in order to pay respect to the selfless people that do such an important and overlooked job.  No Child Left Behind is my love letter to teachers, my heroes.