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  • John Szarkowski, From the Country Elevator, Red River Valley, 1957, black-and-white photograph, 10 5/16 x 13".

    John Szarkowski, From the Country Elevator, Red River Valley, 1957, black-and-white photograph, 10 5/16 x 13".

    John Szarkowski

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    February 5–May 15, 2005

    Curated by Sandra S. Phillips

    John Szarkowski, who eloquently and often maddeningly set the tone for art photography at SF MoMA from his nearly thirty-year perch in the museum’s photography department, was a picture maker before he became a curator and has become one again since his retirement in 1991. His images from the ’40s and ’50s dote rigorously on Louis Sullivan buildings and vernacular architectural subjects; the recent ones are more rural, landscape oriented, and reflective. How these poles make sense as a career—and how Szarkowski’s photographs might have shaped his curatorial work, and vice versa—is the crux of this seventy-five-print exhibition.

    Travels to the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, June 11–Sept. 5; Milwaukee Art Museum, Sept. 30–Jan. 1, 2006; and other venues.