Face of Our Time

Jim Goldberg, Daniel Schwartz, Zanele Muholi, Jacob Aue Sobol, Richard Misrach
July 2, 2011–February 5, 2012

Face of our Time presents the work of five photographers who share an interest in making pictures that capture what the world looks like. They observe the sometimes-volatile civil and political transformations facing society, recording history as it unfolds over time. Goldberg gives voice to the experiences of refugees in socially and economically devastated African countries. Schwartz studies the effects of globalization across central Asia’s ancient Silk Route. Muholi provides a visual identity for the queer black population so often marginalized in her native South Africa. Aue Sobol combines observations of the rural hunting culture in a remote Arctic village with intimate portraits of his girlfriend, Sabine. And Misrach photographs the graffiti left behind in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Face of Our Time: Jim Goldberg, Daniel Schwartz, Zanele Muholi, Jacob Aue Sobol, Richard Misrach is organized by SFMOMA. Generous support is provided by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Switzerland.

photo of young girl making fire on muddy ground
Daniel Schwartz, photo of back of woman in patterned dress
Zanele Muholi, black and white photo portrait
black and white photo man jumping off building onto tight rope
photo of dilapidated house with spraypainted with  "wicked witch"

Jim Goldberg, Making Fire, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2008; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson; © Jim Goldberg

Daniel Schwartz, Bazaar Day, Osh, Kyrgystan, from the series Travelling Through the Eye of History, 2004; collection of the artist; © Daniel Schwartz

Zanele Muholi, Gazi T Zuma, Umlazi, Durban, 2010; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Diane Frankel and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Zanele Muholi

Jacob Aue Sobol, Untitled #8, from the series Sabine, 1999-2002; courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; © Jacob Aue Sobol, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Richard Misrach, Untitled [New Orleans and the Gulf Coast], 2005, printed 2010; collection SFMOMA, gift of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; © Richard Misrach