San Francisco native Trevor Traina displays his personal collection of photos from some of the most eminent photographers of the past and current century starting June 9, 2012 at the de Young Museum.

Garry Winogrand Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1957 Gelatin silver print 8 5/8 x 13 in. (21.8 x 33.1 cm) © Garry Winogrand, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


Included in the collection is iconic black and white work by Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. Contemporary work in color from such masters of the form as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth and Andreas Gursky will also appear in the exhibition.

Lee Friedlander New York City, 1966 Gelatin silver print 7 3/8 x 11 in. (18.7 x 27.9 cm) © Lee Friedlander, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


A substantial portion of the photography being showcased falls into the documentation-style genre and demonstrates the power of the medium of photography to inspire internal narrative in the onlooker. The “real” meaning, however, of a particular photo, may be as slippery as reality itself, and reflects the social and cultural baggage and predilections that each individual brings when viewing a work of art.

Alec Soth Cemetery, Fountain City, Wisconsin, 2002 Chromogenic print 32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 124.5 cm) ©Alec Soth, courtesy of the artist


Especially poignant are the shots from alternative youth culture photographer, Ryan McGinley, who aptly captures the ebullience of adolescence and post-adolescence.

Ryan McGinley (Fall Away), 2010 Chromogenic print 40 x 27


To accompany the showcase, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has published a book highlighting the photos in the Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection exhibition with a foreword and introduction by Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Administrative Curator Julian Cox and an essay by art historian Kevin Moore.

Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection will be on show at the de Young Museum until September 16, 2012.

Hours for the de Young Museum are Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 5:15 pm,  and Friday 9:30 am to 8:45 pm; the museum is closed on Mondays.