Photographer Anthony Hernandez is known for his arresting, often confrontational images. As a Capp Street Project artist-in-residence at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Hernandez will bring his unique vision to the Bay Area and will share his approach to photography with CCAC students and faculty as well as the general public.
Hernandez has been working with a camera since the late 1960s; his early photographs of car engine parts strewn around an empty East Los Angeles lot seem today, as Suzanne Muchnic of the Los Angeles Times has noted, "surprisingly prophetic." Hernandez gained international attention with his Landscapes for the Homeless, first shown in 1993, which provides sharp insight into the lives of our nation's most impoverished people by examining their improvised shelters and meager possessions—the visible reminders that they leave behind when "society" moves them on. One of his most recent projects, Pictures for Rome (1998-99) documents Hernandez's trespassing among the ruins of modern-day Rome, where he explored abandoned and unfinished buildings.
Hernandez lives in Los Angeles and Idaho and has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. His work is contained in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
He has received numerous awards, including Japan's Higashikawa Prize; the GD Bank-Forderpreis Fotografie Award from the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany; several National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; and, most recently, the prestigious Rome Prize fellowship.