Personal Space

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Personal Space
Curated by: Ann Jastrab

428 Third St
San Francisco, CA 94107
June 20th, 2012 - July 15th, 2012
Opening: June 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon: Closed | Tues - Thurs: 10a-10p | Fri - Sun: 10a-8p
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Features environmental portraits of Austin residents  (you’re not going to believe any of these people live in Texas)


Personal Space

Photography by Leon Alesi


Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 20th, 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: June 20th – July 15th, 2012


RayKo Photo Center Gallery

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


Leon Alesi is a portrait photographer interested in exploring connection, vulnerability and intimacy with his subjects. "Personal Space" is a series in which Alesi interacts with people in their private environments. Shooting his subjects in their homes, Alesi becomes witness to the subtle ways one inhabits a space. The portraits are rich in information and narrative, each with a unique honesty. Inner details are revealed, enhanced by the intimate nature of the individual’s home and the clues within. The images act as quiet escapes, voyeuristic avenues leading to a myriad of personalities, environments, space and time. Alesi manages to unveil what is not readily available to the outside world; sometimes exposing things that even the subjects themselves are unaware of. What results is a process of discovery, shared by photographer, subject, and finally viewer. 


The final work is presented as large-scale color photographs. The size and intimacy of the pieces allow the viewer to gaze freely and construct their own fictional account of the scene, creating one where self-discovery, perception, individuality, and connection supply the context. 


Born in New Jersey, Alesi received his B.A. from Rowan University but is a self-taught photographer. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Texas and throughout the country. He recently received Best in Show in the New Directions 2011 show curated by David Bram and was featured in the March 2011 issue of Fraction Magazine. He currently resides in Austin, TX, where he has lived for the past 19 years.


About RayKo


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 Photo Center & Gallery

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

415-495-3773 (ph)

Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm

Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm

Monday: closed


*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.