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 Norma I. Quintana,  Typewriter,  2017

Norma I. Quintana, Typewriter, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION
Forage From Fire: Images by Norma I. Quintana
Thursday, October 4, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery for the Opening Reception of our upcoming exhibition Forage From Fire: Images by Norma I. Quintana

 
  Bidders at the 2018 Benefit Auction

Bidders at the 2018 Benefit Auction

SF CAMERAWORK 2018 BENEFIT AUCTION
Saturday, September 22, 2018

The SF Camerawork Benefit Auction is our most important fundraiser of the year and directly supports our exhibitions, publications, and programs dedicated to emerging photographers. We host a traditional live auction of curated contemporary and vintage works from around the world. The event is a favorite among both serious and emerging photography collectors nationwide.

Read more about the auction and see photos from the event here.

 
  David Goldberg presents work at the members' critique

David Goldberg presents work at the members' critique

SEPTEMBER MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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 September critique, please email kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "September Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

Become a member or renew your membership here.

 
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VIP PREVIEW RECEPTION
Walkthrough with Sandra S. Phillips, SFMOMA Curator Emeritus
Hosted by Kirsten Wolfe & Andrew Brown
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6 - 8 PM

All VIP ticket holders and current SF Camerawork members are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 12th from 6 - 8 PM for the VIP Preview Reception to our 2018 Benefit Auction.  Sandra Phillips, SFMOMA Curator Emeritus, will lead visitors through the exhibition and discuss her favorite standout pieces.

Become a member and get your tickets here.

 
  Pamela Gentile presents work at the members' critique.

Pamela Gentile presents work at the members' critique.

AUGUST MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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 August critique, please email kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "August Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

Become a member or renew your membership here.

 
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ARTIST TALK | CREATIVE MEAN
Wesaam Al-Badry, Rian Dundon,
Kierra Johnson, Jessica Chou, and Adrian Walker
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery with Creative Mean for a night of photography and community conversation alongside Wesaam Al-Badry, Rian Dundon, Kierra Johnson, Jessica Chou, and Adrian Walker. The theme for the night will be “Community." Creative Mean explores what it means to be creative by connecting communities, sparking conversation, and encouraging inquiry.  

Wesaam Al-Badry is an artist and documentary photographer. His work uses reportage and multimedia art to challenge and investigate social norms. 

Rian Dundon is a photographer, editor, curator whose work has been shown in galleries and publications around the world. 

Kierra Johnson is an artist and photographer fresh off her first solo show at Betti Ono Gallery where she explores the body’s ability to hold on to culture and takes visitors on a journey through the American South to California. 

Jessica Chou is an editorial photographer who splits her time between LA and SF. She is a member of the Authority Collective whose goal is to empower and build networks for women of color.

Adrian Octavius Walker is a mixed-media artist based in Oakland, CA. His work is inspired by his investigations of the black body, dynamics of the black family and archival work related to the African American experience.

 
 Analía Gutiérrez,  Exposed

Analía Gutiérrez, Exposed

JUROR WALKTHROUGH
2018 Annual Juried Exhibition
Thursday, August 9, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, August 9th from 6 to 8 PM for a special exhibition walkthrough with this year’s jurors Corey Keller (Curator of Photography at SFMOMA) and Sean McFarland (photographer and educator, SFSU). They will speak candidly about the jurying process and discuss the artwork selected for this year’s exhibition.

You can read more about this exhibition here.

 
 Alana Perino,  Yosemite, California

Alana Perino, Yosemite, California

OPENING RECEPTION
2018 Annual Juried Exhibition
Thursday, July 19, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, July 19th as we celebrate the artists selected for the 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition.

You can read more about the artists here.

 
 Anida Yoeu Ali's,  Red Chador  from SF Camerawork's 2016 exhibition  Love in the Time of War

Anida Yoeu Ali's, Red Chador from SF Camerawork's 2016 exhibition Love in the Time of War

HOLIDAY HOURS
Wednesday, July 4 - Monday, July 9, 2018

In observance of Independence Day, the gallery will close for the July 4th holiday.  We hope you have an enjoyable holiday with friends and family. The gallery will resume normal hours on Tuesday, July 10th.

 
  Image courtesy of EDBA member Rasta Dave

Image courtesy of EDBA member Rasta Dave

CLOSING RECEPTION, POETRY READING & 
CATALOGUE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, June 28th for the closing reception and catalogue release for our exhibition Focal Points, featuring work by CatchLight Fellows Tomas Van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener, Brian L. Frank along with artists from the Everyday Bay Area Collective (EDBA).  The reception will feature:

  • Live poetry reading by D. Scot Miller, an Oakland-based writer, artist, and curator.

  • Live photo printing for the EDBA community wall

  • Focal Points exhibition catalogue and local artist signing

  • Flash fundraiser fine print sale and presentation by 2017 CatchLight Fellow Brian L. Frank with all proceeds benefiting an upcoming youth photography workshop produced by CatchLight in partnership with Project Rebound.

Read more about the exhibition here.

 
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MEMBER FOR A DAY
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Take your SF Camerawork membership beyond our walls to enjoy exhibitions all around town—for free! Choose among your favorites from the following Bay Area institutions who have joined together to offer SF Camerawork Members free admission! Present your Member card for two free admissions per membership at each location; some restrictions apply.

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS:
Asian Art Museum
BAMPFA
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fine Arts Museums 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 Buena Center for the Arts

 
  Pamela Gentile presents her work at the May Members' Critique

Pamela Gentile presents her work at the May Members' Critique

JUNE MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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 kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "June Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

Become a member or renew your membership here.

 
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EVENING RECEPTION
Home: An Exhibition of Candid Photographs
Streetfoto San Francisco
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Tuesday, June 5th from 6 to 8 PM for the evening reception of Home, one of five exhibitions that are a part of StreetFoto San Francisco, a weeklong festival dedicated entirely to the art of street photography.  This exhibition will be on display for six days only, June 5th through June 10th. 

Learn more about the photographers in this exhibition here.

 
 Image courtesy of Brenton Gieser

Image courtesy of Brenton Gieser

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION & PHOTOWALK
Private Life in the Public Eye, Ethics of Street Photography
With Everyday Bay Area Photographers
Saturday, June 2, 2018
12 PM - 2 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Saturday, June 2nd for a community conversation and photowalk.  Everyday Bay Area photographers Brenton Gieser and Felix Uribe will discuss the work that led to their Tender Souls project, and will later be joined by  Travis Jensen to discuss their consideration for the ethics and implications of street photography in communities of un-housed individuals. Conversation and Q&A will be moderated by Ken Walton (Photographer & Founder of StreetFoto San Francisco). A photowalk through the Tenderloin area led by artists, Angelica Ekeke, Brenton Gieser, and Felix Uribe will follow. This is the perfect lead up to the 2018 StreetFoto Festival!

* This event is open to the public. No registration required. Please bring your own cameras or camera phones for the photowalk portion

 
  Jane Ivory presents her work at the April Members' Critique.

Jane Ivory presents her work at the April Members' Critique.

MAY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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 kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "May Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 
  Image courtesy of Talia Herman

Image courtesy of Talia Herman

STORYTELLERS LECTURE SERIES
Brian Frank and Talia Herman
Curated by Judy Walgren
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6 - 8 PM
General Admission: $10
Members Admission: $5

Join us in the gallery on Tuesday, May 15th, with photographers Brian Frank and Talia Herman for our Storytellers Lecture Series.  The Storytellers lecture series is curated in collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Judy Walgren and presents cutting-edge photographers from across the country whose approach to visual storytelling often blurs the lines between journalistic, documentary, or fine art photography. 

  Image courtesy of Brian Frank

Image courtesy of Brian Frank

Talia Herman is a freelance photographer and member of the Everyday Bay Area Collective.  A Northern California native, she earned a BA from Eugene Lang College and is a graduate of the International Center of Photography's Documentary and Photojournalism Program in New York City. Her clients include NPR, The New York Times, and California Sunday Magazine, among others.

Brian Frank, a 2017 CatchLight Fellow, has worked on social documentary projects across the Americas that focus on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights, and the environment. Frank’s latest work takes a close, hard look at a slice in time at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp before it disappears. Who are the boys that make up the camp? What are their common stories and why do they deserve a chance to be heard? Many in the camp will disappear just as Pine Grove is disappearing. It is a photographic essay that explores not only the bonds of brotherhood they share, but also the loneliness they feel, knowing that the odds are stacked against them, waiting just on the other side of the trees which form their prison walls.

 
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THE PORTRAIT PARTY
Saturday, May 12, 2018
11 AM - 4 PM

Our Portrait Party is back by popular demand!

Join us the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend at SF Camerawork, where one of our talented photographers will make a memorable portrait for you, your friends, your family, or even your dog!  What better creative, one-of-a-kind gift can you give for Mother’s Day while supporting San Francisco’s only non-profit gallery dedicated to photography.

Learn more here

 

PALO ALTO PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH SF CAMERAWORK AND CATCHLIGHT PRESENTS:

Tomas van Houtryve: Lines and Lineage
Moderated by Sally Katz
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
At Mitchell Park Community Center
(3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303)

Purchase Tickets Here

Please join us in Palo Alto for a conversation with award-winning photographer Tomas Van Houtryve and moderator Sally Katz. Tomas Van Houtryve’s new powerful body of work Lines and Lineage explores the reality of the US and Mexico border before 1848, when the United States seized half of Mexico’s land and created the border that we know today.  His presentation will explore how photography has shaped our understanding of early California history.

This event is presented by the Palo Alto Photography Forum in collaboration with SF Camerawork and CatchLight. Images from Lines and Lineage will be on view at SF Camerawork as part of Focal Points, CatchLight’s inaugural exhibition, which opens May 3, 2018.

 
 
 
  Image courtesy of Sarah Blesener

Image courtesy of Sarah Blesener

OPENING RECEPTION
Focal Points: CatchLight Fellows and
Everyday Bay Area Collective

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us in the gallery for the opening reception of Focal Points, featuring work by CatchLight Fellows Tomas van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener, and Brian L. Frank along with artists from the Everyday Bay Area Collective.

Learn more about this exhibition here.

 
 Image from March members' critique; Photos by Amanda Bensel

Image from March members' critique; Photos by Amanda Bensel

APRIL MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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 kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "April Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 
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OPENING RECEPTION
Creating A Different World Together
Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco Citywide Arts Show
Thursday, April 12, 2018
4 - 7 PM

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, April 12th for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco's 2018 Citywide Arts Show, Creating A Different World Together.  This exhibition features dance, spoken word, digital art, photo, voice, portraits, paintings, and collages from the Club's youth.  A series of live performances will begin in the gallery at 5:15 PM.

You can read more about this exhibition here.

 
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MARCH MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
Thursday, March 15, 2018
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 March critique, please email kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "March Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 
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ARTIST TALK
Monet Clark & John Sanborn in conversation with
Matt Sussman, BAVC
Co-presented by SF Camerawork and Bay Area Video Coalition
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7 - 9 PM

Please join us at SF Camerawork for a conversation and screening with John Sanborn and Monet Clark, moderated by Matt Sussman (Public Programs and Fellowships Manager Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC).  The discussion will focus on the experience of collaboration both on their current piece NOW: A Video Art Ritual, as well as earlier collaborative works. 

 
  Image courtesy of Ben Molina

Image courtesy of Ben Molina

STORYTELLERS LECTURE SERIES
Scott Strazzante & Ben Molina
Curated by Judy Walgren
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6 - 8 PM
General Admission: $10.00
Members Admission: $5.00

  Image from "Shooting from the Hip"; courtesy of Scott Strazzante

Image from "Shooting from the Hip"; courtesy of Scott Strazzante

Join us in the gallery on Wednesday, February 28th, with photographers Scott Strazzante and Ben Molina. The Storytellers lecture series is curated in collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Judy Walgren and 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.

Ben Molina is a designer who has spent over a decade working in the print industry.  He currently lives in the Bay Area and works as a pre-production artist and programmer for national public institutions and public corporations.  His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and publications.  He has been involved in the design, editing, and production of several published photo books and zines.  Ben is also an avid photobook collector.

Scott Strazzante is a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle.  Prior to his work at the Chronicle, he spent 27 years of his career working for various Chicago newspapers.  Strazzante’s 23- year long personal project and first book, Common Ground, has been featured in National GeographicMother Jones, and New York Times’ Lens Blog, and has won BOP’s Best Feature Video and POYi’s Community Awareness Award. In 2017, Strazzante published his second book, Shooting from the Hip, a collection of iPhone Hipstamatic images. Strazzante is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, and was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for investigative journalism.

 
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PHOTOFAIRS | SAN FRANCISCO
February 22 - 25, 2018
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion

Come visit SF Camerawork's booth at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco -- the cutting edge contemporary art fair dedicated to the photographic medium—returning to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion from February 22-25, 2018. The fair's international focus and boutique curation create an excellent environment to discover and collect innovative works of art.  For information, visit www.photofairs.org.

 
 J. John Priola,  Grey Wall , 2014

J. John Priola, Grey Wall, 2014

FEBRUARY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
with special guest J. John Priola
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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. This month we will be joined by special guest J. John Priola, a contemporary visual artist using photography and video.  Priola has exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently, he is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery where he has had many solo and group exhibitions. His work is part of the permanent collections of major museums including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum, New York.  He is Senior Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at ICP Bard, SF State, and CCA.

If you are interested in participating in the February critique, please email kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "February Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 

OPENING RECEPTION
NOW: A Video Art Ritual
John Sanborn & Monet Clark
Thursday, February 8, 2017
6 - 8 PM

Please join us on Thursday, February 8th from 6 to 8 PM for the opening reception of our new exhibition NOW: A Video Art Ritual, a multi-screen audience participatory performance and video installation.

Learn more about the exhibition here

 
 Lena Martinez-Miller,  Untitled

Lena Martinez-Miller, Untitled

PROJECT PROJECTION
Artists: Samantha Allard, Alex Hamilton, Alex Goodwin,
Oliver Leach, Danny Lulu, and Lena Martinez-Miller
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us on Tuesday, January 30th from 6 to 8 PM for a fun night of slide projections organized by artist and educator Alice Shaw. Current Bay Area students Samantha Allard, Alex Hamilton, Danny Lulu, and Leana Martinez-Miller, along with recent graduates Alex Goodwin and Oliver Leach will project their work onto the gallery walls, and visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the space and experience the various work. These artists, all millenials who began their photographic work after the slide projector’s heyday, utilize the device in alternative ways to creatively address issues pertaining to the intersection of photography with performance and sculpture.

 
 Binh Danh,  Yosemite Falls, June 20, 2014

Binh Danh, Yosemite Falls, June 20, 2014

CONVERSATION WITH BINH DANH & SHELTON JOHNSON
Thursday, January 25, 2018
6 - 8 PM

Please join us on Thursday, January 25th from 6 - 8 PM for a very special conversation with photographer Binh Danh and author Shelton Johnson about their work and how it relates to diversity and inclusion within the National Parks System.

Shelton Johnson’s mission has been to tackle issues of under representation within the national parks, to bring diversity to the trails, and to encourage minorities to establish relationships with the outdoors. The catalyst for this work has been his influential research into the Buffalo Soldiers, an African-American regiment which served in the Sierra Nevadas at the end of the nineteenth-century and whose members later became some of Yosemite’s first park rangers. By unearthing and sharing this untold history, Johnson hopes to create a sense of inclusion for African-American and other non-white park visitors and hopes to better engage communities of color with the park system.

Current exhibiting artist Binh Danh photographs Yosemite with attention to the complex relationship between the national parks and the non-white body.  In his Yosemite project, Danh uses the daguerreotype to render with exquisite detail Yosemite’s mountains and valleys, and to create a reflective surface upon which the viewer can see his or her own reflection superimposed upon the landscape. For Danh, who is Vietnamese-American, the reflective quality of the daguerreotype is highly important in that it specifically allows immigrants and minorities to see their own body as part of the natural American landscape.

 

JANUARY MEMBERS' CRITIQUE
with special guest Bill Kouwenhoven
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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. This month we will be joined by special guest Bill Kouwenhoven.  Bill is an independent curator and freelance photography critic with more than 20 years experience as an editor for such noted publications as photo metro and HotShoe. He is the author of introductory essays for more than 30 photography books as well as Nuevas Historias: Contemporary Spanish Photography and Video Art (Hatje Cantz, 2008). He is interested in long-term documentary and journalistic projects for consideration as photography books. He can help with portfolio development and suggest galleries, publications and festivals appropriate to the work. Based in Berlin and New York, he speaks English, German, Spanish and some French.

If you are interested in participating in the January critique, please email kristina@sfcamerawork.org with the subject line "January Members' Critique." Spots fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up!

 
 Noah Wilson,  Cherokee, California  from the series  Ground Truthing.  Available through our Membership Fine Print Program.

Noah Wilson, Cherokee, California from the series Ground Truthing. Available through our Membership Fine Print Program.

WINTER HOLIDAY HOURS
December 23, 2017 - January 8, 2018

SF Camerawork will be closed for the holidays December 23rd through January 8th.  The gallery will reopen with our current exhibition LANDMARK: Yosemite through the Lens of Contemporary Photography on Tuesday, January 9th.

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