The Foto Forum End-of-Year party at SFMOMA's Koret Visitor Education Center this year honored renowned photographer Pirkle Jones with a private screening of the soon to be released documentary of his work created by SF filmmaker Jane Reed. It was a lovely event and some problems with the projection system didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the standing room only crowd. A lovely food & wine reception was enjoyed by the attendees. A question and answer session followed the screening, with Pirkle and Jane sharing their thoughts about the collaboration of this beautiful film. Jane said she still had some sections to add to the film and was looking forward to a formal release at the end of 2008.
The film was beautifully put together and moves seamlessly from one theme to another, aided by an excellent choice of musical background. This is no mean feat, because Pirkle's ouevre ranges from commercial projects, such as the construction of an oil refinery, to the documentation of the Black Panther Party's emergence during the late 1960's and the celebration of the artistic community that flourished on the houseboats of "Gate 5" in Sausalito.
I was extremely pleased to be part of this celebration for Pirkle, who is a friend and inspiration to me.
Image: photograph of Dorothea Lange by Pirkle Jones, from "Berryessa Valley-The Last Year"