“The process of photographing is a pleasure: eyes open, receptive, sensing, and at some point, connecting. It’s thrilling to be outside your mind, your eyes far ahead of your thoughts.” —Hank Wessel
SFAI mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Henry “Hank” Wessel, a beloved and dedicated professor at the school from 1973 to 2014. Wessel was a cornerstone of the SFAI Photography Department, leading by example and mentoring countless graduates over the years, many of whom went on to become extraordinary artists in their own right. His accomplished career, tireless work ethic, irreverent humor, and contagious smile were inspirational to so many in the SFAI community and beyond.
Join SFAI in honoring the incredible life and work of Hank Wessel on Sunday, December 2, 2018. A public gathering will be held at 2pm in the Osher Lecture Hall at SFAI’s Chestnut Street Campus, including speeches from Lindsey White, Reagan Louie, Corey Keller, Mimi Plumb, Jeff Gunderson, Toni Gentilli, Sandy Phillips, Liz Bernstein, Ken Light, Josh Smith, and Marie-Luise Klotz, and student readings of works by Catherine Opie and Tod Papageorge. The event will include refreshments and a small exhibit of Hank's photographs.