Close-up: Robyn Twomey at The Luggage Store

Robyn Twomey. <em>Former Playboy Bunny at Playboy Reunion, Las Vegas</em>, 2009, 33 x 43 in., archival pigment print. Courtesy of The Luggage Store.

Robyn Twomey’s large-scale color photographs of female rappers, music video models and former Playboy bunnies are a lesson in how to like people. There are plenty of examples of mean-spirited close-up commercial photography out there. Twomey’s close treatment of her subjects reads more like a sincere attempt to get nearer in a let’s-have-a-cup-of-coffee way. Sometimes funny, but not disrespectful, Twomey is star-struck by the mystery of human radiance.

The Luggage Store, 1007 Market Street, San Francisco. Through Oct. 18.

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