The aim of Photolucida’s Critical Mass program is to give exposure to emerging and mid-career photographers across the globe. In 2010, 552 artists entered their work for the chance to be seen by over 200 professionals in the photography world. Curators, gallery directors, editors, and publishers juried the work of these artists, and through a truly democratic process, narrowed the field down to the Critical Mass TOP 50. Juror, Todd Hido, selected one image per artist to represent the artists’ projects. The exhibition will travel from Photo Center North West in Seattle to Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, and RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, furthering the mission of all four photography organizations to bring top emerging talent to the public. To view the full body of work each artist submitted you can visit:
Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He has five published books, the latest being A Road Divided (2010).
CRITICAL MASS EXHIBITING ARTISTS 2010:
Thomas Alleman, Justyna Badach, Claire Beckett, Kendrick Brinson, Christopher Capozziello, Tom Chambers, Christopher Churchill, Sam Comen, Kirk Crippens, Mitch Dobrowner, Natan Dvir, Daniela Edburg, Matt Eich, Ethan Eisenberg, Dima Gavrysh, Kevin German , Elin Hoyland, Jessica Hines, Joseph O. Holmes, Norihisa Hosaka, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Loli Kantor, Dianne Kornberg, Alejandra Laviada, Stephen Mallon, Rania Matar, Annie Marie Musselman, Louie Palu, Rachel Phillips, Benjamin Rasmussen, Christopher Rauschenberg, Frank Relle, Justine Reyes, Jeff Rich, Lynn Saville, Traer Scott, Manjari Sharma, Jeff Sheng, Tim Simmons, Pavel Maria Smejkal, Yisook Sohn, S. Gayle Stevens, Jamey Stillings, Amy Thompson Avishai, Daniel Traub, Kevin Van Aelst, Alvaro Villela, Corinne Vionnet
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990’s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&w and color labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace – a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1st Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black & white Auto-Photo Booth.
RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciate of photography and create opportunities for regional and national artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which supports the work of Bay Area artists, and encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels. The Photographer’s Marketplace offers photography collectors unique and affordable work from artists living and working in the surrounding area.
*RayKo is located in the SOMA arts district of San Francisco within walking distance of SFMOMA, the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, as well as AT&T Ballpark.