San Francisco

James Mitchell

Mills College Art Gallery

Eight topics, largely genre studies, are covered by this young photographer in a black and white show. His method is to include as many figures or objects as will fit within a frame and to shoot them at semi-random angles. The result is generally patchy and lacks focus. Mitchell relies heavily on emotional cliches (bohemians, blind children) and his camera adds nothing new to them. However, one series, paper cups discarded among leaves, captures a design that is pleasant, if not especially imaginative.

Joanna C. Magloff