Pier 24–A Museum of Photography

Pier 24 offers 28,000 square feet of gallery space devoted entirely to the medium of photography. Its mission is to “reinvent the ways in which photography and photographic ideas are presented.”

The current exhibit, From the Collection of Randi and Bob Fisher, runs through the end of February and occupies Pier 24′s entire exhibition space. Randi and Bob Fisher–Bob is the son of Gap co-founders, Doris and Donald Fisher–devote themselves to collecting artists in-depth. Artists on display include: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, extensive collection of Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Man Ray, Garry Winogrand, among many other American photography icons.

The beauty of Pier 24 is that it is free to the public, by appointment. Only 20 visitors are booked during each two-hour window, granting a quiet and solitary atmosphere in which to study the artwork. A departure from the cramped and rushed experience at other local museums. However, the hours–Monday through Friday, 9 to 5–are such that regular work-a-day folks will have to take some time off. But for an experience like this, it will be well worth it.