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S.F. MoMA Staging First-Ever Retrospective of Important ’70s Street Photographer

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Los Angeles #14, 1973 (Anthony Hernandez)
Los Angeles #14, 1973 (Anthony Hernandez)

 

Anthony Hernandez cut his teeth on street photography in Los Angeles during the early 1970s. The photographer would later veer into the more abstract, shooting conspicuous, derelict buildings and other forms of urban detritus.

Hernandez constantly switched up his medium—starting with 35 mm black-and-white film and finally working with large-format cameras. Despite the shifting platforms, Hernandez managed to produce a breadth of work unified by its aesthetic and subtle social commentary.

Angeles National Forest #3, 1988 (Anthony Hernandez)
Angeles National Forest #3, 1988 (Anthony Hernandez)

 

Now, for the first time ever, Hernandez’s entire portfolio will be exhibited in a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—from September 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017. The Angeleno’s 45-year career will be represented in 160 photographs, many of which never have been shown before. A comprehensive monograph has been published by D.A.P. in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring an introduction from award-winning photographer Robert Adams.

Below, you can find a selection of his images, which range from the gritty to the glamorous, previewing the book and gallery below. If interested, you can order a copy of the Hernandez monograph here. For more information on the SF MoMA exhibition, click here.

Public Transit Areas #46, 1979 (Anthony Hernandez)
Public Transit Areas #46, 1979 (Anthony Hernandez)
Automotive Landscapes #35, 1978 (Anthony Hernandez)
Automotive Landscapes #35, 1978 (Anthony Hernandez)
Santa Monica #14, 1970 (Anthony Hernandez)
Santa Monica #14, 1970 (Anthony Hernandez)
Rodeo Drive #3, 1984 (Anthony Hernandez)
Rodeo Drive #3, 1984 (Anthony Hernandez)
Pictures for Rome #17, 1999 (Anthony Hernandez)
Pictures for Rome #17, 1999 (Anthony Hernandez)
Everything #77, 2002 (Anthony Hernandez)
Everything #77, 2002 (Anthony Hernandez)
Forever #74, 2011 (Anthony Hernandez)
Forever #74, 2011 (Anthony Hernandez)
Discarded #50, 2014 (Anthony Hernandez)
Discarded #50, 2014 (Anthony Hernandez)