First Exposures is a unique mentoring program that uses art education to develop transferable skills and foster supportive intergenerational relationships between artists and under-served Bay Area youth. Students and mentors meet weekly for a year and work toward a final project, which in the past has included exhibitions, public billboards, and the book First Exposures.
Beginning in 2010, two hardcover books published biannually by SF Camerawork Publications will supplant Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts as a benefit of membership. Since its inception SF Camerawork has always valued dialogue—its publications’ content and form evolving as time, energy, and resources would allow.
Camerawork’s reference library of 3,500+ volumes is a valuable resource for students, educators, scholars, and gallery visitors. Containing many rare and out-of-print books and periodicals, the library will reopen to the public in Spring 2009.
Camerawork offers a popular series of lectures, performances, film screenings, and forums for viewing new work and discussion of developments in the medium with artists, curators, gallery directors, historians, and other cultural leaders. Past lecturers have included Eugene Richards, Keith Carter, Albert Chong, Lucy Lippard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary Ellen Mark, Olivia Parker, Holly Roberts, Naomi Rosenblum, William Wegman, Pat Ward Williams, Garry Winogrand, and Joel-Peter Witkin.