Michael ten Pas

“Untitled – San Francisco, 2011”


For the past four years I’ve been photographing the city in which I live: San Francisco. Having spent most of my life in the suburbs, vacant spaces and banal moments are things I often experienced. By photographing in the city, they are things I actively pursue. However, this exploration does not always lead to emptiness and uneventfulness. The precarious arrangement of objects in the world presents a humorous oddity, quiet mystery, and ominous tension that I aim to capture. In 2007, I earned a BFA in photography from the University of Georgia, and in 2010, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, I teach digital and analog photography courses at Academy of Art University and the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.

Selected by Julian Cox, Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum, San Francisco.