Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork’s mission is to encourage and support emerging artists to explore new directions and ideas in the photographic arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we strive to create an engaging platform for artistic exploration as well as community involvement and inquiry. SF Camerawork is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
SF Camerawork was founded by a group of Bay Area artists as a cooperative venture to promote photography as a fine art form. The founding artists envisioned SF Camerawork as a space where photographers could showcase work not being shown at commercial galleries or in museums at that time. From the beginning, SF Camerawork welcomed experimental photography and sought to foster a range of alternative aesthetics and techniques. This included early support for the incorporation of conceptual, performance, and language-based practice within photography.
Throughout its over 40-year history, SF Camerawork has hosted exhibitions and events with many innovative and influential artists, including Sophie Calle, Larry Clark, Binh Danh, Lee Friedlander, Robert Heinecken, Chris McCaw, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Donna Lee Phillips, Sebastiao Salgado, Lew Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems. Since 2003, SF Camerawork has also administered the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, the largest national award of its kind in photography. For a full listing of SF Camerawork’s exhibition and event history, please visit the Archive page of our website.
Today, SF Camerawork is a destination for emerging artists and collectors focusing on new ideas in the photographic arts and continues to serve as a critical platform for photography, engaging the Bay Area and beyond with innovative, experimental, and challenging new work.
Heather Snider, Executive Director
Kristina Graber, Gallery Manager
Joseph De Mario, Program Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ellen Shershow, (President), Photographer & Educator
Bernadette Opine, (Vice-President and Outreach Chair), Web Developer and Software Engineer
Ken Hoffman, (Treasurer), Retired, Business Executive & Commercial Real Estate Agent
Matt Kellogg, (Secretary), Associate Corporate Counsel, Google
Amy Cole, (Auction Co-Chair), Private Psychotherapist
Dale Cook, IT Entrepreneur
Monique Deschaines, (Programming and Auction Co-Chair), Director, EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco
Dave Elfving, Associate Creative Director, Apple
Alexis Gordon, Individual Giving Associate, The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Adriana Grino, (Membership Chair), Arts Program Assistant, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Miki Johnson, (Governance Chair), Co-Founder, Job Portraits
Marcia Kadanoff, Marketing Strategy Consultant
Aimee Le Duc, (Development Chair), Independent Curator and Arts Consultant
Darrin Martin, Artist and Educator, University of California, Davis
Danica Sachs, Independent Curator and Writer
Edna Togba, Associate Director of Development, Chicago Sinfonietta
Robyn Wise, Cultural Communications and Editorial Consultant
Janet Delaney (Berkeley)
Sergio De La Torre (San Francisco)
Jeanne Friscia (San Francisco)
Việt Lê (San Francisco)
Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Paris)
Carolina Ponce De León (Bogota)
Judy Walgren (San Francisco)
Donna J. Wan (Palo Alto)
SF Camerawork is supported in large part by grants from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The San Francisco Foundation; San Francisco Arts Commission; Fleishhacker Foundation; WYNG Masters Award; San Francisco Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund; The National Endowment for the Arts; individual contributors; and SF Camerawork's Membership.