Special Guest Lecture
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
A PhotoAlliance/Aperture West lecture given at the San Francisco Art Institute
Richard Avedon wrote of Sylvia Plachy: "She
makes me laugh and she breaks my heart. She is moral. She is everything
a photographer should be."
And not surprisingly, she charmed and inspired a standing-room-only crowd
in San Francisco by showing some of her photos and telling the tales and
jokes and sorrows behind many of them.
You can listen to excerpts from her talk in this 8-minute
audio archive. And better yet, buy her latest book, Self-Portrait
with Cows Going Home, where she brilliantly combines poetic memoirs
and wry observations with a stunning series of images ranging over 40
Sylvia Plachy is perhaps best known for weekly pictures in the Village
Voice, though her photographs have appeared in over 50 major publications,
including Aperture, Artforum, Metropolis, Grand Street, Granta, The New
Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Time, The Smithsonian and Wired.
She has exhibited widely, including one-person shows at the Whitney Museum
at Philip Morris, the Queens Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of
Fine Arts, as well as in Budapest, Ljubljana, Manchester, Berlin, Vancouver,
Perpignan, Arles, and Pingyau, China.
Sylvia Plachy's work is in the permanent collections of MOMA, the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. She has been
awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a CAPS Grant. Her other book publications
include Unguided Tour (Aperture, 1990), for which she won an
International Center of Photography Infinity Award; Red Light,
a book of documentary work on the sex industry (1996); and Signs and
Relics (2000). A new book, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home
was published by Aperture in 2004.
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