The Mark of Abel

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The Mark of Abel
Curated by: Ann Jastrab

428 Third St
San Francisco, CA 94107
September 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012
Opening: September 13th, 2012 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon: Closed | Tues - Thurs: 10a-10p | Fri - Sun: 10a-8p
artist's talk, photography



Features revealing images depicting family relationships


The Mark of Abel

Photography by Lydia Panas


Artist’s talk: Thursday, September, 13th, 5:30pm

Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thursday, September, 13th, 6:30-8pm

Exhibition dates: September 5th – October 7th, 2012


RayKo Photo Center Gallery

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


Our earliest relationships factor considerably in determining whom we turn out to be.

For three years, in hot weather and cold, Lydia Panas invited families of various forms to stand before her lens.  She asked them not because she knew what to expect, but because she was curious to see what would happen.  These groups and occasional individuals stood graciously before her.  She watched how they arranged themselves and then began to photograph them with her view camera.

In these pictures of family relationships, the details matter most.  Although they portray engaging people, verdant landscapes and beautiful light, the photographs also provide more subtle clues for understanding the nature of Lydia’s work.

These images depict specific people, but they go beyond portraits to explore the universal questions of how we feel.  The pictures ask that we look deeper than the surface for what lies underneath:  that complex part of our own personalities we often don’t see.

Come meet Lydia and hear her speak about her project and the resulting book on the evening of September 13th. Her first monograph “The Mark of Abel”, was recently released by Kehrer Verlag, and named one of Photo District News’ best photo books of 2012. Signed copies will be available during the opening reception.


Lydia Panas is an award-winning photographer based in Pennsylvania.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Lydia’s photographs are in many collections including MoMA Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Allentown Art Museum, among others.



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.