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Anthony Hernandez is an American photographer who divides his time between Los Angeles and Idaho. His work ranges from street photography to images of the built environment and other remains of civilization. Hernandez has spent most of his career photographing his native Los Angeles.

He traces his introduction to photography to a textbook a friend gave him when he was a senior in high school. He took basic photography courses while he was a student at East Los Angeles College from 1966-1967, though he is largely self-taught. His earliest images are of parts and machinery left in an empty lot near an automobile repair shop close to his home, foreshadowing the development of common subjects in his work: urban decay and abandoned detritus.

Hernandez began to devote his time to photography in 1970 after serving in the United States Army from 1967-1969. He walked the streets of Los Angeles, observing its inhabitants. In order to work quickly and intuitively, he would pre-focus the camera and then wait for subjects to come into the zone of focus, only briefly bringing the camera to his eye as he walked past them. He repeated this strategy in other cities, including London, Madrid, Saigon, and Washington, D.C. In later decades, Hernandez's photography might seem to have changed dramatically: from black-and-white to color, from wide shots to close ups, from people to places. But Hernandez's interest in urban environments, and cultural differences of class and race implied in them, has not.                

By the 1980s, Hernadez was working with large format cameras, which necessitated a slower and more deliberate shooting style. His 1979 series, Public Transit Areas, involved using a 5 x 7 inch camera on a tripod, and his subjects seem clearly aware of his presence. Rather than the off-kilter backgrounds of his earlier portraits, streets and buildings recede calmly into deep space. By the 1990s, Hernandez's style shifted again, as he concentrated on color and close-up details. Most of his pictures since the mid-1980s are devoid of human subjects, although their presence is felt. Projects such as Landscapes for the Homeless  (1988-91), Waiting for Los Angeles  (1996-98), and Everything (The Los Angeles River Basin)  (2003-4) documented how the city's human presence has been reduced to the traces and debris left by destructive social forces.

Anthony Hernandez’s work has been shown in international group and solo exhibitions including at Sprengel Museum Hannover, Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, Seattle Art Museum, Le Bal in Paris, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Born 1947 Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Challis, ID.

EDUCATION

1967                         
East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 
Screened Pictures, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Anthony Hernandez: L.A. Landscapes, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO               
Anthony Hernandez, Fundacion MAPFRE, Madrid, Spain

2017                         
Anthony Hernandez: Retrospective, Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA
Anthony Hernandez, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2016                         
Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
Discarded: Photographs by Anthony Hernandez, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX

2009                        
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2007                        
Anthony Hernandez: The Seventies and Eighties, The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
Redefined, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2006                        
Beverly Hills, 1984 & Broadway, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005                        
Everything, Anthony Grant, New York, USA
Everything, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2003                        
Pictures for L.A., Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2002                        
Temporary Spaces, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Pictures for L.A., Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York, NY

2001                        
Pictures of Oakland, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Pictures of Oakland, Caliornia College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

2000                       
Pictures for Rome, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York, NY
Pictures for Rome, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA

1999                         
City Point – Rome, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

1998                         
The 70’s, Dan Bernier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997                         
Shooting Sites, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
The City, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Landscapes of the Homeless, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris France; Musee de L’Elysee, Lusanna, Switzerland

1995                         
In Another World, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Landscapes for the Homeless, The Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

1993                         
Landscapes for the Homeless, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1991                          
Shooting Sites, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990                         
Landscapes for the Homeless, Opsis Foundation, New York, NY

1985                         
Northlight Gallery, Tempe, AZ
Rodeo Drive, Burden Gallery, New York, NY

1984                         
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

1982                         
Public Use Areas, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

1979                         
University of California at Santa Barbara, CA

1978                         
Art in Public Places, The Federal Building, Los Angeles, CA; Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Max Protech Gallery, Washington D.C.

1976                         
The Nation’s Capital in Photographs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

SELECTED GROUP EXHBITIONS

2019
May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff, the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2018                         
Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2017                         
Autophoto, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2014                         
Landscape and Abstraction, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition – The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2013                         
Color! American Photography Transformed, Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, TX
Under the Big Black Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011                          
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010                        
Anonymous, Le Bal, Paris France,
Haunted - Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2008                        
This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2007                        
re-SITE-ing the West: Contemporary Photographs in the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Imaging and Imagining California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2006                        
Whose Nature? What’s Nature, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
Advancing the Moment: Recent Works by Photographers in the Norton Simon Collection,
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
The Collectible Moment: Photography at the Norton Simon Museum, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Public Faces/Private Spaces: Recent Acquisitions, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Big City Lab, Art Forum Berlin, Germany
L.A. River Reborn, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2004                        
Borne of Necessity, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

2003                        
Conceptual Color: In Albers’ Afterimage, The Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, USA

2002                        
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Conceptual Color: In Albers’ Afterimage, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

2001                        
California Invitational, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850 – 2000, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Made in California 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Flight Patterns, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Documents and Beyond, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain

2000                       
Identification of a Landscape, Venezia-Marghera, Venice, Italy
Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA

1999                         
Hasselblad Center, Goteberg, Sweden
Rena Branstein Gallery, San Francisco, USA
COLA Awards Show, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Franco Riccardo Artivisive, Naples, Italy

1998                         
Radical Past, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, USA

1997                         
TRASH: When Waste Materials Become Art, Museo d’Arte Moderna de Contemporania di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

1996                         
Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Long Beach: A Photographic Survey, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Herkunft?, Fotomusuem Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

1995                         
Street Engagements: Social Landscape Photography of the Sixties, The Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY

1994                         
Love in the Ruins: Art and Inspiration of LA, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

1993                         
Fotografie Biennale III, Wasteland: Landscape Form Now On, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1992                         
Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography, National
Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; New York State Museum, Albany, NY

1991                          
The City Life of Flora and Fauna, The Seagram Gallery, New York, NY
From the West, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Las Vegas, Mark Masuoka Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

1989                         
Picturing California, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Photographic Abstraction, Tratt Gallery, Washington D.C.
Women and Men: Photographs from the Seagram Collection, Seagram Gallery, New York, NY

1988                         
Landscape Photographs from the Permanent Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

1987                         
Masters of the Street: Part Three, Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Photography over the 70’s and 80’s, The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1984                         
Exposed and Developed: American Photography in the 1970s, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Social Commentary and Photography, Texas Photographic Society, Austin, TX 

1982                         
Slices of Time: California Landscapes, 1860-1880, 1960-1980, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Facets of the Collection: Urban America, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1980                         
Long Beach: A Photographic Survey, The Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Photography and the City, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, CA

1979                         
Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Photographic Directions: LA 1979, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA

1977                          
100+ Current Directions in Southern California Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Unposed Portrait, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Photography 77, California State College, Bakersfield, CA

1976                         
LA Six, Mount St. Mary’s College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1975                          
Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1974                         
Language of Light: A Survey of Photography of the Collection, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
Eight Young Photographers, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Photography 1/ Recent Photographs by 7 Artists, Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA

1973                           
24 from LA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1972                          
West of the Rockies: George Eastman House Symposium, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1971                          
The Crowded Vacancy, University of California, Davis, CA; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; The Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA

1970                         
California Photographers, University of California; Davis, CA; Oakland Museum; Oakland, CA, Pasadena Art Museum; Pasadena, CA

1969                         
Fiesta de los Barrios, Los Angeles, USA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Artothéque de Miramas, Miramas, France
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France
California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Du Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
Fonds Départmental d’ Art Contemporain de Bobigny, France
Fonds National d’ Art Contemporain, Paris, France
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Collection, Los Angeles, CA 
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Higashikawa Museum, Hokkaido, Japan
International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Tate Modern, London, UK
University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY