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1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SFMOMA mounts an exhibition of approximately 100 vintage photographs of the aftermath of the great 1906 earthquake and fire. The earthquake coincided with a particularly rich moment in the history of photographic technology, and professionals and amateurs alike immediately understood the disaster as an event ripe for photographic documentation. This exhibition explores the variety of photographic responses inspired by the event, ranging from amateur snapshots to professional panoramas.

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January 21 - May 30, 2006

Museum hours:
Mon/Tue 11 am - 5:45 pm
Wed Closed
Thu 11 am - 8:45 pm
Fri-Sun 11 am - 5:45 pm

151 Third Street (between Mission & Howard St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Visit www.sfmoma.org for more details.

Other SFMOMA Activities:
Free Tuesday Program (free museum and program admission)
*Picturing Disaster: The 1906 Earthquake (Lecture)*
Tuesday, Feb 7, from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Phyllis Wattis Theater
Corey Keller, Assistant Curator of Photography

In the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire, many photographers both amateur and professional took to the streets and documented the unimaginable damage. Keller presents an overview of the resulting images and considers the social and aesthetic choices photographers made in representing disaster. The program concludes with a selection of early films of San Francisco made shortly after the earthquake.

*Panel Discussion: Picturing Disaster*
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Corey Keller, Assistant Curator of Photography, SFMOMA
Robin Kelsey, Assistant Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Mark Klett, artist and faculty, Arizona State University

See www.sfmoma.org for more details.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


General public. Cost: Musuem admission fee.


Sandra Farish Sloan, (415) 357-4174

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