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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ellen Shershow, (President), Photographer & Educator
Amy Cole, (Vice-President), Private Psychotherapist
Heidy Braverman, (Treasurer), Retired, Consultant specializing in Concrete Repair and Strengthening
Michelle Branch, (Secretary and Governance Chair), Attorney & Educator
Dale Cook, (Finance Chair), CTO, Dictionary.com
Monique Deschaines, Director, EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco
Dave Elfving, Associate Creative Director, Apple
Alexis Gordon, (Auction Chair), Major Gifts and Research Coordinator at SFJAZZ
Adriana Grino, (Development Chair), Arts Program Assistant, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Ken Hoffman, (Director of Strategic Partnerships), Retired, Business Executive & Commercial Real Estate Agent
Marcia Kadanoff, Marketing Strategy Consultant and Author
Aimee Le Duc, (Programming Chair), Independent Curator and Arts Consultant
Bernadette Opine, (Outreach Chair), IS Business Analyst/Project Manager, City and County of San Francisco
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 San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Bernard Osher Foundation; The San Francisco Foundation; The Zellerbach Family Foundation; WYNG Masters Award; The National Endowment for the Arts; Dictionary.com; the California Arts Council; individual contributors; and SF Camerawork's Membership.