Past Exhibitions

Harry Wilson: Photographs from the 1960s

11-Movie_Poster__San_Francisco__1967Thursday, March 21 – Sunday May, 12, 2019

The Museum is proud to  present over 60 works by photographer Harry Wilson in the Outcalt Photography Gallery.  Most of these photographs – which focus on life in 1960s San Francisco – were included in his famed 1969 de Young Museum exhibition – coincidentally, the same year the Museum moved into its Pacific Street location.

“In 1963 I moved to San Francisco to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, and started to photograph with a 4X5 view camera. I soon switched to a 35mm camera which was more suited to capture the life of the street.

Most of these photographs were in a one-person exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 1969. I have reprinted this work and printed for the first time other images from this period. Now, 50 years later, it can be instructive to reexamine these documents of that pivotal time.

The 1960s saw an explosion in the interest of photography as an art form, nationwide. But San Francisco was an especially intense hotbed for this kind of photography.”

– Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson (born 1943), Movie Poster, San Francisco, 1967, gelatin silver print, 9 x 6 inches. Image courtesy of Harry Wilson