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. 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
Michelle Branch, (President), Attorney and Educator
Alexis Gordon, (Vice President/Secretary), Major Gifts and Research Coordinator at SFJAZZ
Philip Sager, (Vice President), Cardiologist, Academic Physician, and Senior Healthcare Executive
Christina Li, (Treasurer), Investment Associate, Spero Ventures
Monique Deschaines, Director & Owner, EUQINOM Gallery
Dave Elfving, Associate Creative Director, Apple
Erika Gentry, Artist, Professor and Photography Department Chair, City College of San Francisco
Ken Hoffman, (Director of Strategic Partnerships), Retired, Business Executive & Commercial Real Estate Agent
Ann Jastrab, Independent curator, editor, writer; Gallery Manager Scott Nichols Gallery
Marcia Kadanoff, Marketing Strategy Consultant and Author
Aimee Le Duc, Society Manager, Saint Joseph's Arts Society
Rachel Phillips, Artist and Educator
Ellen Shershow, Photographer & Educator
Janet Delaney (Berkeley)
Sergio De La Torre (San Francisco)
Jeanne Friscia (San Francisco)
Việt Lê (San Francisco)
Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Paris)
Darcy Padilla (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Carolina Ponce De León (Bogota)
Judy Walgren (San Francisco)
Edna Togba (Chicago)
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 National Endowment for the Arts; The Joy of Giving Something; The Fleishhacker Foundation, Lensculture; The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; Individual Contributors; and SF Camerawork's Membership.
To find out more about our internship and submission opportunities, please click here.