EVENTS/PAST/UPCOMING

 
Wiesje Peels, Circus Renaissance from the series "Mimus"

Wiesje Peels, Circus Renaissance from the series "Mimus"

OPENING RECEPTION
CIRCUS
SF Camerawork Annual Juried Exhibition
Thursday, July 13, 2017
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, July 13th from 6 - 8 PM as we celebrate the artists selected for CIRCUS, the 2017 SF Camerawork Annual Juried Exhibition.

 

JUNE MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, June 15, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly members' critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in the June critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "June Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Roundtable discussion with Wesaam Al-Badry,
Joel Angel Juárez, and Desiree Rios
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Tuesday, June 13th from 6 to 8 PM for a roundtable discussion with photographers Wesaam Al-Badry, Joel Angel Juárez, and Desiree Rios. Together they will discuss their approach to photography when working within social movements. All three photographers are currently working on projects that document social, cultural, and political issues within the United States and abroad.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Wesaam Al-Badry, Image from the series "Rosebud"

Wesaam Al-Badry, Image from the series "Rosebud"

Wesaam Al-Badry was born in Nasiriyah, Iraq, and lived at a refugee camp in Saudia Arabia until his family was relocated to Nebraska in 1994. He began photographing while still at the refugee camp, and has worked on many journalistic and documentary projects addressing social issues. He is currently photographing for CNN and Al-Jazeera America while pursuing his BFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Wesaam Al-Badry's Our Sons will be on view in the gallery space at SF Camerawork through July 1, 2017.

Joel Angel Juárez is a Mexican-American freelance photojournalist currently studying journalism and international relations at San Francisco State University. He has done work with the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, ZUMA Press, Anadolu Agency among others. Juárez's work has focused on issues surrounding police brutality, immigration, power dynamics and natural resources. He has covered areas ranging from the impact of police brutality on communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the plight of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece, and the conflicts over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Desiree Rios is a Mexican-American photojournalist from Fort Worth, Texas. She received a BS in Photojournalism at St. John’s University in New York and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work focuses on sociopolitical issues in both foreign and domestic forefronts. Her recent projects include documenting the transition of Old Havana due to current Cuba-United States relations, the ongoing journey of an undocumented family displaced by the San Jose flood, and the effects of the strict immigration policies passed in her home state of Texas. 

 
Image courtesy of Steven Bollman

Image courtesy of Steven Bollman

EVENING RECEPTION | STREETFOTO SAN FRANCISCO
Steven Bollman, Infidelidad
Blake Andrews, Photos I Had to Laugh At
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6 - 8 PM

SF Camerawork is proud to host this pop-up exhibition which is a part of Streetfoto San Francisco, an annual international festival dedicated entirely to the art of street photography.  This exhibition, on view from June 5 through June 10, will feature photographers Steven Bollman and Blake Andrews. Please join us in the gallery on Wednesday, June 7th from 6 to 8 PM for the exhibition's evening reception.

 
Image courtesy of Wesaam Al-Badry. This image depicts the refugee camp where Wesaam and his family spent four-and-a-half years. 

Image courtesy of Wesaam Al-Badry. This image depicts the refugee camp where Wesaam and his family spent four-and-a-half years. 

ARTIST TALK
OPEN SHOW # 84: Visual Omnivores with ViewFind
Featuring presenters Wesaam Al-Badry, Adrian Octavius Walker, Federica Armstrong, Brian Emerick, and Nicolo Sertorio
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7 - 9 PM

SF Camerawork is thrilled to host the first Open Show of 2017, guest curated by ViewFind, a platform for visual storytelling. Open Show organizes live social events where the public can experience compelling visual stories and interact directly with photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia producers. From reportage to documentary to fine art and everything in between, there are no real restrictions on what to submit. Simply put, if you're creating something visual, Open Show wants to see it. This event is designed as an interactive forum where audience members can provide feedback and ask questions. So even if you don't submit a project, you might just leave inspired to start your own.

Wesaam Al-Badry, whose work is currently on display in the gallery, will talk about his project to trace his family's life from Iraq to the refugee camps, and then to the United States.

 

CANCELED!!
MAY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE

with special guest Alice Shaw
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly members' critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in the May critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "May Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 

2017 STORYTELLERS LECTURE SERIES
EVENING #2
Steve Cagan & Mark Murrmann
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6 - 8 PM
General Ticket Price: $10
SF Camerawork Member Ticket Price: $5

Mark Murrmann, Sasha, Kiev

Mark Murrmann, Sasha, Kiev

Join us in the gallery on Tuesday, May 16th, for the second evening of our Storytellers Lecture Series featuring Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine Mark Murrmann and exhibiting artist Steve Cagan.

Steve Cagan has been photographing since the mid-1970s in a mode he describes as activist or socially-engaged photography. Cagan's work gives voice to causes both local and international, ranging from the demise of industry and labor issues in his home state of Ohio, to the social and political strife of refugees in El Salvador and Nicaragua. As part of our Storytellers Lecture Series, he will be discussing his work and how he uses photography to give voice, exposure, and positive representation to the groups he is intimately involved with.

Steve Cagan, Women doing laundry, Colomoncagua, Honduras,  1988

Steve Cagan, Women doing laundry, Colomoncagua, Honduras,  1988

Mark Murrmann is Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine where he oversees and assigns all photography.  Before joining Mother Jones in 2007, Mark worked as a freelance photographer, music writer, and an editor of the the iconic punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll.  Mark will discuss his documentary work and show a selection of images recently published in a series of zines: Rat Crawl, Future/Now and Gone With the Dogs, among them.  He will discuss his creative approach to his work, his sense of authorship as a photographer, and how he has developed a consistent visual style across different photographic genres.

The Storytellers lecture series is curated in collaboration with Judy Walgren, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and currently the editorial director for ViewFind. Storytellers presents cutting-edge photographers from across the country whose approach to visual storytelling often blurs the lines between journalistic, documentary, and fine art photography. The "story" embedded in a photograph or group of photographs is what creates the understanding and connection between audience and photograph. Photojournalism has been the cornerstone of this narrative approach to image-making, but with shifting trends in photography production and consumption, Storytellers aims to broaden the conversation in and about successful modes of photographic practice.

 
Steve Cagan, People from the Afro-Colombian communities along the Río Bebará pan for gold in the pits dug out of the rainforest floor, 2014

Steve Cagan, People from the Afro-Colombian communities along the Río Bebará pan for gold in the pits dug out of the rainforest floor, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION
Steve Cagan: Working Pictures &
Wesaam Al-Badry: Our Sons
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, May 11, 2017 for the opening reception of Steve Cagan's exhibition Working Pictures and Wesaam Al-Badry's project Our Sons. Come and see how these two photographers devote themselves to progressive social change, peace, and justice through their work.

You can learn more about these two exhibitions here.

 

ARTIST TALK | CREATIVE MEAN
Lucas Foglia, Erica Deeman, and George McCalman
Presented by Creative Mean and SF Camerawork
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6 - 8 PM

We are thrilled to be hosting an evening of artist talks featuring presenters Lucas Foglia, Erica Deeman, and George McCalman. This lecture series is produced by Creative Mean, which brings together professionals from different mediums and industries for bi-monthly talks at rotating venues around the Bay Area.  Creative Mean creates a space for speakers and attendees to both challenge and clarify notions around their own creative practices by connecting talented people from different backgrounds.

Lucas Foglia is a photographer who builds stories rooted in rural America. His work feels simultaneously allegorical and uniquely specific. The second speaker, illustrator and art director George McCalman, runs a thriving design studio centered around an enduring sense of community and collaboration.  And the final speaker, Erica Deeman, whose large format portrait project tackles issues of race, identity, and gender, will sit for a conversation with Creative Mean host Jeff Enlow.

 

APRIL MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly members' critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in the April critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "April Members' Critique." Spots fill up fast so don't wait to sign up!

 
Image from February Members' Critique.  Photographs by Adam Allegro

Image from February Members' Critique.  Photographs by Adam Allegro

MARCH MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, March 16, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly member critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in the March critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "March Members' Critique." Spots fill up fast so don't wait to sign up!

 
Sanaz Mazinani, Howitzer and Fireworks, 2014

Sanaz Mazinani, Howitzer and Fireworks, 2014

CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6 - 8 PM
Sanaz Mazinani and Marc Mayer, Senior Educator of
Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum

On Thursday, March 9th, artist Sanaz Mazinani will be joined by Marc Mayer, Senior Educator of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum to discuss the artist's work and current exhibition. Please join us in the gallery to learn more about the artistic process and conceptual underpinnings that produce Sanaz Mazinani's unique three-dimensional photo montages.

 
Sanaz Mazinani, Trump on TV, 2016

Sanaz Mazinani, Trump on TV, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION
SANAZ MAZINANI
Signal to Noise
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 - 8 PM

Please join us on Thursday, February 23, 2017 for the opening reception of Signal to Noise, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Sanaz Mazinani.  

You can learn more about the exhibition here.

 
Image from November Members' Critique.  Photographs by Emmanuel Feucht

Image from November Members' Critique.  Photographs by Emmanuel Feucht

FEBRUARY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly member critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in the February critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject "February Members' Critique."

 

MEMBER FOR A DAY
Sunday, February 12, 2017

This year's Member for a Day event is February 12th! All current SF Camerawork members enjoy free admission to all participating venues.  Simply present your membership card for two free general admissions per membership at each location; some restrictions apply. Check with each location for details of open hours and a listing of exhibitions on view.

If you are not a current member, renew by February 7th and receive your membership card right away! Click here to renew your membership or to become a new member. 

Choose your favorites from the following Bay Area institutions:

Asian Art Museum
BAMPFA
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
SFMOMA
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walt Disney Family Museum
Yerba Bunea Center for the Arts

 
Paula Bronstein, Razima holds her two-year old son Malik

Paula Bronstein, Razima holds her two-year old son Malik

STORYTELLERS LECTURE SERIES
WITH PAULA BRONSTEIN
Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6 – 8 PM
General Admission: $10
Members Admission: $5

SF Camerawork kicks off the second year of our popular Storytellers lecture series with award-winning American photojournalist Paula Bronstein.  Bronstein will be speaking about her latest work and signing copies of her new book Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear.  Over the past 14 years, Bronstein has traveled to Afghanistan to document the daily lives of the Afghan people.  Her work gives voice to many Afghans who remain silenced by the Taliban repression, particularly women and children.  Bronstein's searing photographs depict the country's on-going challenges as well as the stirrings of new hope.  Bronstein counters images of human rights abuses, poverty, self-immolation, and heroin addiction with images of women participating in elections, attending rallies, and receiving an education for the first time.  At the core of Bronstein's work is her compassion for her subjects and her ability to gain extraoridary access to document the hope and beauty as well as the harsh realities of their lives. 

The Storytellers lecture series is curated in collaboration with Judy Walgren, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and currently the editorial director for ViewFind.  Storytellers presents cutting-edge photographers from across the country whose approach to visual storytelling often blurs the lines between journalistic, documentary, and fine art photography.  The "story" embedded in a photograph or group of photographs is what creates the understanding and connection between audience and photograph. Photojournalism has been the cornerstone of this narrative approach to image-making, but with shifting trends in photography production and consumption, Storytellers aim to broaden the conversation in and about successful modes of photographic practice. 

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PHOTOFAIRS | SAN FRANCISCO
January 27 - 29, 2017
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion

SF Camerawork will debut our 2017 Fine Print Collection at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco this January 27 - 29, 2017 at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion.  PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco presents prominent galleries from around the world at the West Coast's leading destination for discovering and collecting artworks by emerging and internationally recognized artists working with still and moving images.  Come visit us at the fair and don't miss the chance to experience cutting-edge, contemporary photography on a global scale.  For more information, visit www. photofairs.org

 

IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT 8 X 10 WORKSHOP
Friday, January 27, 2017
6 - 9 PM

SF Camerawork is excited to be hosting an 8x10 workshop with Impossible Project and FotoFilmic on January 27, 2017 from 6 - 9 PM. This three-hour workshop will offer hands-on demonstration on how to use a 1920s 8x10 large format camera with 8x10 Impossible Project instant film, and a practice session where all participants get to shoot their own take and keep portrait. There is room for up to 15 participants and registration is open until January 25th. Registration costs, which cover use of all photographic equipment, film and related gear is $125 to the general public and $100 to current SF Camerawork members.  Learn more here.

 As an added bonus, all workshop participants will receive discounted entries to FOTOFILMIC17, the FotoFilmic International Traveling Exhibition Competition.  Discounts will include $10 off the EXHIBITION call for entry fee and $15 off the EXHIBITION + BOOK call for entry fee.

 
Jenny Odell, Things Made in North America, On view at SF Camerawork.

Jenny Odell, Things Made in North America, On view at SF Camerawork.

RECOLOGY SPECIAL SHUTTLE EVENT

CANCELED!

The shuttle event scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017 has been canceled!  Two big marches are taking place on Market Street and will block street access to the gallery on that day.

The current exhibition for Recology AIRs Ramekon O'Arwisters, Anja Ulfeldt, and Jinmei Chi will still take place at 401 Tunnel Avenue on January 20th, 21st, and 24th.  We encourage you to visit their studios.  More information can be found here.  

You can read more about the scheduled Women's March, a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all, here. 

 
Image from November Members' Critique.  Photographs by Emmanuel Feucht

Image from November Members' Critique.  Photographs by Emmanuel Feucht

JANUARY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, January 19, 2017
6 - 8 PM

All current members of SF Camerawork are invited to participate in our monthly member critique. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback on your work and photographic practice by SF Camerawork's staff and wider photographic community.  If you are interested in participating in December's critique, please email joseph@sfcamerawork.org with the subject "January Members' Critique."

 

SF CAMERAWORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PULITZER CENTER PRESENT:
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO END AIDS?
Thursday, January 12, 2017
6 - 8 PM

We are very excited to be hosting an upcoming panel discussion with The Pulitzer Center on January 12th from 6 - 8 PM.

Please join us as Pulitzer Center supported journalists Jon Cohen, Amy Maxmen, and Misha Friedman discuss their reporting on HIV/AIDS around the globe.  Jon Cohen's nuanced writing and video explore the movement to end AIDS.  Amy Maxmen reports from South Africa where scientists are working to break a cycle of infections in young women.  Misha Friedman's work explores the human side of the crisis: he has spent years documenting the crisis in Eastern Europe and recently returned to South Africa to photograph HIV-infected subjects he first interviewed three years ago. 

The Pulitzer Center supports in-depth reporting and educational programming about a myriad of under-reported global issues.  Please join us in a photography presentation and panel discussion to explore just what it will take to end AIDS.